Do you remember that? We used to chant it in the playground at junior school holding hands with the chosen friend at the time …‘Make friends, make friends, Never, never break friends, If you do You’ll catch the flu And that will be the end of you!’
I look back over my life and I see some friends were there for certain periods in my life whereas others stuck around for the long haul. I have been on holidays and really hit it off with people, swapped addresses and once back home never seen them again.
My first Best Friend was Diane Payne, we were 6 and at infant school together. She had gorgeous long, curly, thick hair and sparkling blue eyes but sadly we had to move town and although I got to see Diane once we never kept in touch.
My next Best Friend at my new school was Anne but after our first year together we were separated in different classes. We still played together and I had my first sleepovers with Anne but Irene and Donna became my new best friends. I still see Rene today after ‘finding’ her again in 2000.
Throughout senior school I had lots of friends. School finished and off we all went to college, work or 6th form. Friendships withered but I made new friends. One of the joys of Facebook for me has been bumping into some people from my school days. I have re-connected and meet up with some like Nicole.
Funnily enough on my weekend trip to Italy, flicking through an old album of photos I’d left out there for the kids, I found a photocopy of my college class mates with photos, what a flashback that was! I’ve linked up with a couple of college mates recently and I was very sad to hear one of our friends had passed away…cancer. :(
In fact this whirlwind trip to Italy was all about friends and family and seeing as my time was so short I had to fit the important people in.
The bittersweet moment of hugging the people that have carried me through my hard times, laughed off my mistakes, guided me when I was on the wrong footing and the friends that did their utmost to put all my broken pieces back and restore my confidence. God how I miss them all.
Four bests and the beauty is that I’m not even in contact with them all frequently but this doesn’t alter the love we have in our hearts for each other. Let me introduce you to them in the order I managed to catch up with them
Enrica, the person I class as ‘Best friend’ today. She called me the night before I left and asked if I could eat out with her and Alessia (another best) on Saturday. I had to turn her down after all I had my kids and their children to see first, but I loved her enthusiasm to make the most of the small time I had and we went out for dinner instead on Sunday. We ate at Alessia’s restaurant ‘Ristorante da Ugo‘ and after Alessia joined us for a drink in The Cantina – our old stomping grounds :)
I managed to squeeze Cinzia in on Sunday afternoon. She’s moved house since I last saw her and although I knew the area she lived in I didn’t know which number! So I found myself outside a row of houses looking for clues, luckily there were some boys playing football so I asked after Cinzia’s daughter, my god-daughter and they directed me to the correct house. Cinzia doesn’t like internet much so I’ve cropped the photos of her girls to protect their identity.
And of course my other ‘best’ Romana who I forgot to photograph which she’s probably quite thankful of. I manage to stay in touch with Romana the most, she works at Residence Derby and therefore with a computer at her hands it’s easier to send a quick email, message or like on Facebook.
These girls are my Italian bests and saying goodbye until next time breaks my heart every time, big big hugs to all of you lovely ladies and I’m so pleased I managed to fit you all in and I hope it’s not another two years before I get to see you all again xxx
I’m entering this post into Tara’s The Gallery where the prompt this week is friends