“Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other’s gold”
I don’t remember anything from being a Girl Scout outside of that song and soliciting shoppers to buy cookies. But at almost 25 years later, there’s definitely some truth to the song we sang in rounds.
I moved to Baton Rouge ten years ago right after my college graduation with an identity that I’ve pretty much held on to, which is wife and mom. There’s something to be said about those friends who were there before that identity and are still holding on. Through all of the career changes, relationship challenges, transitions, gains and losses, the relationships with those friends are something special. My college friends and I have smiled during the happiest moments, cried dealing with life’s hardships and still laugh about the silly mistakes and memories made in our “testimony building days.”
These relationships are to be cherished and it’s important to be intentional about them and not take them for granted. Whether it’s carving out time for a phone call or sending a “just thinking about you” text, fostering these relationships is vital. It’s easy to let it slip due to demanding schedules, time zones, and just … life. I’m definitely guilty of it and assuming my mommy friends are just as spent as I am and my non-mommy friends either won’t get it. Both are unfair and are just excuses.
I have new amazing women in life now. Ladies full of wisdom, advice, and love. We didn’t necessarily grow up together like I did with my “golden friends” but those relationships are just as important. Both are extremely valuable and you can’t put a price on that.