“The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds that hardly any later friend can obtain.” –Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Throughout our lives, we form many different kinds of friendships: some are forged through circumstance, others by convenience, and some through shared passions and hobbies or mutual admiration. Most friendships contain some or all of these elements, but certain bonds are built on something a little more intangible. Once in awhile, you meet somebody whose soul connects with yours. You just get each other in a very fundamental way.
That’s my friendship with Julia in a nutshell; though the two of us are very different by nature, we are innately alike in character. We do share a fondness for pie, a love of old movies and penchant for celebrity gossip, but none of those things is really the basis for our friendship. All I can tell you is that from the beginning, we understood each other in a way that no one else did. Julia usually knows what I’m thinking before I can say it, and knows what I’m feeling before it ever shows up on my face. Part of that comes from being friends for so long, but she’s always been able to read me. (She’s like the Mil Whisperer.) And that’s just as important to me now as it was when we were kids.
It’s pretty surreal to think that this month marks the seventeenth anniversary of when we met! We’ve come a looooong way–the pictures above are evidence enough of our dorky younger years.
Happy friend-iversary, Jules!