Have you ever talked to someone you haven’t seen in a week, month, or even years, and felt as though you’d talked to them just yesterday?

This past week, what started as a few text messages back and forth between a couple of people, morphed into a five day marathon catch-up session between the best friends of my life.

We were a very tight-knit group—four girls and one guy. These people are part of what made me who I am today. Before I met them, I was a shy, introverted nerd. They made me feel important, needed, and wanted. They still do.

We worked and played together. We drank, danced, skied, bowled, and played softball. There were lots of trips and so many adventures, I can’t even begin to list them. Sure, we all had other close friends separately, but this was our core group. We were inseparable, every weekend for close to five years of my life was spent with these friends.

These were the people I depended on. The guy who was always there when I needed a date. The girls I came of age with, who talked me through the loss of my virginity and stood with me when I got married. The people who are still here for me now that my life has changed course. When I moved from California to Oklahoma, I was terrified I’d never see or talk to them again. Thankfully, my fears were put to rest quickly and we’ve all continued as friends for more years than I’d like to admit.

This past weekend, when we were texting back and forth, it was just like being there with them again. I may not have been able to see their faces, but I knew exactly what they were thinking with every message I received.

These are the best of friends and I will love them all forever.

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