Do you remember your best friend in elementary school? Are you still friends? When is the last time you heard about them?
I lived in a small village. Neighbours, in general, were really far from each other. I couldn’t just take my bike and visit friends. I needed a ride. It’s probably why my brother, cousin and I grew up so close.
My best friend in elementary school was shy and introverted like me. We played with our barbies between large bails of hay, which is probably not the safest thing in the world, but it was fun. As introverts, we both like small hidden spaces.
She had a small dog who liked to snip at people’s heels. We would run up and sit on the stairs because they were too slippery for her dog to follow.
At the end of the 5th grade, my dad’s company closed and we had to move far away.
Years, later I reconnected with her on social media. We are both married with kids, but her views and mine differ enormously. She is very much religious, a stay at home mother because she believes women should stay at home to raise children and take care of the home, doesn’t believe in divorce, etc. I do not believe in any religion, I am a working mother, I am separated from my child’s dad and remarried to a wonderful man who also has children from a previous relationship. We are still very much happy to hear and keep in touch on social media, but we are far from the best friends we were as children.