This One’s For The Girls

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Sometimes it is easy to forget how much our children are growing up and changing right before our very eyes. Lucy and Emma headed off together this past weekend to their annual Daddy/Daughter dance for Y-Guides, and we found ourselves looking back at their past photos with watery eyes and full hearts.

See, our girls have been besties since they started Junior Kindergarten almost five years ago. Their friendship developed completely outside of the classroom. They have never actually been in the same class…unfortunate coincidence? …deliberate teacher planning? We will never know, but they have their fingers crossed for next year. More importantly, though, their bond is completely independent of the bond we share ourselves.

Lucy and Emma just get each other.

They are everything that is wonderful about having a BFF. They truly love and support each other in everything they do. You know that feeling when you just know that someone has your back…well, they have each other’s backs totally. And even as we watch them navigate the ever-increasing difficult childhood moments and emotional experiences, we see them strengthening because they know they have each other to lean on.

We both feel very strongly about the power of good girlfriends, about the need for validation and support from other women who are on your side, and our girls seem to inherently understand that as well.

They laugh together, they share secrets, they give each other scores of compliments, and they always know when the other needs a hug.

At the end of the day, childhood is about wonder and innocence. It is about being surrounded by people who love you unconditionally. It is about making memories that will last a lifetime. It is about finding a friend who will be there for you no matter what happens.

Lucy and Emma are friendship personified, and that is a celebration.

So this one’s for the girls…thanks Martina!


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This One’s For The Girls — 86 Comments

  1. How fortunate to be double-best friends!! My boys aren’t quite old enough to have a “best” friend yet, but when they do, I sure hope it is the son of one of my best friends, too!

  2. Oh! I am crying in my coffee! This is so sweet and so beautiful an so true! It is the best gift in the world to have a bestie who “gets you.” If I can drill one thing into the brains of my 2 daughters it would be to stick with your girlfriends.

    • Awww, thank you so much Ilene! :) Girlfriends are the greatest, and girls should definitely be encouraged to treasure them.

  3. I love this. I am still BFF’s with my 3 BFF’s from 2nd grade. We all have very different lives and don’t live near each other (but not too far) but we try to get together a few times a year, and when we do, we are instantly 7 again. I had a rough childhood, but these girls brought me through it and helped me become the stronger person I am today.

  4. How sweet! It is so wonderful that they share that bond. It’s nice to have a friend that “gets” you. :)

  5. How cute are your two girlies!? I loved seeing them through the years. This makes me sad that Belle doesn’t have this. They look so genuinely happy to be with each other. Belle has two or three good friends but it’s always shaky and there is always drama over who is better friends with who and I wonder if there is a genuine love for each other. Really, really love this.

    • Awww, AnnMarie, that is heartbreaking for sweet Belle. Both of us remember those kinds of friendships, and they are definitely tough to navigate. :(

  6. My mom made a best friend whose daughter in turn became one of my best friends. Even though we are hundreds of miles apart we can get together and it is as if the world simply disappeared. My husband thought I was joking until he saw it first hand..

  7. I love finding out more and more about you two and I love that your daughters are best friends. I have a very close friend and my daughter and her daughter are so amazing together. I have another close friend and her son and my daughter are fire and ice. Too funny! This is lovely on my cranky Thursday morning. And Happy Pi Day!

    • Maybe her son and your daughter will grow up to get married??!! 😉 Thanks so much for this fantastic comment! :)

  8. All I can say is, “Awww!” That is so special! Seriously! Made me all misty-eyed. If you get a chance, I’d love it if you could link this up to The Luck O’ The Blogger link-up on Fibro, Fit and Fab! It is perfect for it! :) Just melts my heart!

    Have a great Thursday, gals! :)

  9. Friendship is so sacred to me. This is beautiful. I have best friends from 2nd grade, preschool, middle school, college, and pharmacy school. They are all so special to me. Most people can’t say they have “real friends” in their adult ages over the #5 at the most, but I can truly say there are about 10 ladies in my corner. I hope the girls remain connected as long as they live!

    On another note, I’ve had a couple of rifts with that one BFF from pre-school & 1 time her Mother stepped in and made us make up, 1 time my mother made us make up & as adults we separated for a year or so & we found our way back to each other. Friendship is so delicate, glad they have you all to keep them together, hopefully.

    • We hope they remain connected forever, too Joi!
      It is good to know that despite times of your friendship being hard, you and your BFF still make it back to each other. :)

  10. This is so sweet! how lucky of them to have to found each other so young. I met my bestie in eight grade and I love her so much. We have not seen each other for a while. This is a beautiful post and it made me miss her so much. Lucky, lucky girls :)

  11. How cute is this?!? I love it and I adore good friendships! My BFF and I have been friends since that age and I don’t know what I would do without her!

    • My little one is also very good friends with the boys in her class! :) Not quite the same as a good girly girl friendship, but fantastic still! :)

  12. Love this! Having friends you can count on no matter what is the best! One of my closest friends I have known since 7th grade and 30+ years later she’s still one of my best buds!

    • Just cannot tell you how happy that makes us Michelle! We love knowing so many childhood best friends are staying lifelong friends! :)

  13. They are both such cuties. I’m glad Emma found a solid friend. You did a good job on the photo montage, it was fun to see them growing up but staying cute the whole time.

  14. That’s beautiful! I’m going to be honest here, I’m still looking for that kind of friendship in my life. It seems like the older I get, the harder it is to make friends because everyone is so wrapped up in their own life.

    • Oh Kristen, this comment made us want to come straight to your house and bear hug you and sit around in our jammies talking until 2:00 a.m.

  15. Oh my god look at those gorgeous adorable sweet girls!! They are so lucky to have each other, that is so awesome! A good girlfriend is hard to find. And is even more important than a good boyfriend :)

    • So much more important than a good boyfriend…excellent point Tara! :) Thank you for this very sweet comment!

  16. *sigh* this made me feel all warm inside. Isn’t it so great how we are born to be relational beings and when we find our “one” girlfriend that *gets* us we are SO happy and at peace?

    They are just too cute, and they look so happy together and honestly that is what its ALL about because even when we are kids we need another kid to understand and relate too, mommy is fun — but its certainly not the same.

    I hope they get into the same class ONE day, and even if they don’t they will be friends forever :) (simply because they are too cute to be separated)

  17. I miss my bestie from that age. She moved to St Louis when we were 13 and I never saw her again, we were neighbors, but she went to private school and I went to public. I scour facebook for her every so often, but you are right, nothing beats that friendship and I think about her often almost 30 years later!

  18. My best friend is the daughter of my mom’s best friend. Now we both have daughters four months apart in age. We’ve been telling our preschoolers since they were a week old, “You two will just have to love each other. You really have no choice!”

    Wait until your girls are adults. The fun you will all have together is going to be epic!

  19. Okay- are those girls like the cutest most adorable sweetest precious BFF’s EVER!!!??? I just look at those smiles and those eyes and that JOY… You gals are SOOOOO BLESSED to have each other and DOUBLY blessed to have your girls have each other!! Joy. Sweet JOY.

  20. So sweet that your girls have been friends for so long. My three year old has a bestie, and I can only hope that becomes a lasting friendship like your girls.

  21. What a sweet post and what lucky girls… my BFF from Kindergarten is my son’s godmother.

    And I need your emails because you are no-reply blogger and you leave these comments that I feel I “must” respond to and I can’t… :-) pretty please!

  22. See. I stayed away from this post yesterday because I knew it would make me cry. Damn you. And I haven’t even clicked on the video yet. I SO want this for my kiddo. And what a bonus that you ladies LIKE each other. Heh heh. HA! 😛 xo

    • Awww, thanks Andrea! We are so sorry we made you cry…something tells us the video probably didn’t help! 😉
      We have no doubt your sweet girl will find her bestie! :)

  23. My blogging friend and I started a project last week called HerStories: Tales of Friendship. We’re asking for stories of female friendship, and — in just one week! — we’ve gotten so many moving stories. http://www.schoolofsmock.com/herstories-tales-of-friendship/
    But we definitely should get someone to write about the friendship between sisters. We haven’t gotten one of those yet. It’s so special! My sister and I are more than seven years apart, and we were never that close growing up. But now that we’re in our thirties, and both have toddlers, we’ve gotten so close and talk about so much!

  24. I so love this post! The girls are absolutely beautiful, btw. To think that I was so sad to learn I was pregnant with a girl instead of boy makes me feel so silly. I had a colleague who comforted me (yes, I needed comforting at the realization of having a girl) and told me that girls are not only smarter, but have far better relationships than boys. Not sure how true that is (just being PC right now. I know it’s true) but I love that as women and girls we truly do have great friendships. Cheers to the girls and to true friendship!

  25. I love this. I spent last night with my dearest girl friends. Being with them always makes me feel better, and today my stomach muscles are sore from all the laughing. I think that close friends are so important for girls who seem to need to share. Your daughters are proof that little girls need close friends as much as grown ups. :)

    • Is there anything better in the world than sore stomach muscles from laughing with good girlfriends?! :) Love this comment!

  26. I absolutely love this! Made me cry sweet, happy tears :-) Friendship is the best!! I am still bff with my two ladies I met in middle school, but my son may have us beat. He met his bff, Zach, in the 2yr old room at daycare. They clicked and have been by each other’s side ever since. Unfortunately, they don’t go to the same school, but Z’s mom and I make the effort to keep them together. If they go more than a week without seeing each other, one of us texts the other, “The itch has begun.” We laugh that they get itchy of they are apart for too long.
    May Will and Zach and Lucy and Emma be life-long friends!!

    • So fantastic that you and Zach’s mom make an extra effort to be together despite going to different schools. :) Thank you for this very sweet comment!

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