Friendships are a funny old thing when you become a Mother.
I am lucky to have some great friendships in my life- a couple are old friends from school or university, some are friends I have met through Mr E, some are from having my girls, and some are through blogging. Others I have just met somewhere along the way.
We have a few close friends that we socialise with as a couple. Then we have a few where we socialise as a couple or a family but perhaps one of us has the stronger friendship, for example we have Mr E’s life long school friends and while it is great to see them all when we go to Manchester, it is obviously due to the fact that Mr E has such a long history with them. We have friends on completely different paths to us- some single, some engaged, some with children a lot older than ours, and some with children the same age.
When you become parents, naturally your life completely revolves around your children. And of course while days out are fun whoever we are with, it certainly helps if your children get along well too. When I started blogging I certainly didn’t think that I would make such great friends, let alone one of my best ones.
I first met Lucy at a Kiddicare blog event but our families properly met for the first time at a Tots 100 Christmas party a couple of years ago. Even at that first meeting, I could just tell we would all get along well, our husbands were similar, and of course Mads and BB were almost the same age.
I don’t even know how it happened but soon I started speaking to Lucy almost every day. Of course there are days where we don’t, but I certainly speak to her far more than any of the other friends I have in my life. Our families just seem to have clicked, and over the last year or so we have added another two little ladies to our little group. Our children are all similar ages, and we just get on so well. Mads and BB are just adorable together, and Mads calls him ‘her best friend.’ When she finds out we are seeing them for the day she always jumps around the room in excitement.
We see each other at least a couple of times a month, sometimes more, and we haven’t got any other friends where when we are together it is just so easy. Even some of our oldest friends aren’t quite the same- our days out and holidays just seem to work and I feel so genuinely lucky to have met them and have them in our lives. I know that whatever happens with my blog in the future, we will remain friends. Although it drives us mad when people think we can’t be anywhere without the other- I get so many people ask me ‘Where is Lucy?’ We aren’t joined at the hip- well only sometimes and actually we are quite different although ridiculously similar at the same time.
The above photo was taken at the weekend. Just a very ordinary moment in the park with our friends. Our very close, family friends who I know will be in our life for a very very long time.
It’s not very often you meet people that you can truly say that about.