Are you sitting comfortably?
The I’ll begin:
Once upon a time, 50 odd years ago in fact, I had a best friend from two doors down.
We started school together, and fell out many times. My so-called pal once got me smacked by the teacher, for making me go with her to the toilet (they were very different times).
My pal would tell appalling tales about me, while I would tell her the wrong words in her reading book.
Then, when we were eight, she moved hundreds of miles away, to a three bedroomed bungalow, no less.
And I was left with no friend at all. I’ll never forget that first morning of walking to school without her. Sadly, that was the first of many mornings.
Then secondary school came. I made another friend, Evelyn. No telling tales this time, she was cheeky to teachers, and swore under her breath in lessons.
She got me into all sorts of trouble too. This time, I was happy to go along with it. The laughs we had!
We left school, and didn’t see much of each other after that. Sadly, she is no longer with us.
Then, after having my children, I had to start again in yet another lonely playground.
Three o’clock was a real witching hour. Catchment area, and whose child had the most friends, was the order of the day.
Then as we moved into the junior years, I began to acquire a couple myself
New Mums, nannies, that sort of thing
I treasure my friends now. I treat them as carefully as my late Mum’s ornaments. Oh yes, there are misunderstandings and fallings-out, but I never take them for granted now. It took me so long to find them.
So there you are, make the very most of your friends, because life would be awful without them.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. I’m off to Wales, what are You doing?