KC tells everybody that Grandpa (Art) is her best friend, and I know she thinks of him as her very, very best friend. My daughter, Tiffany asked KC once, "What about Daddy? Isn't he your best friend?"
To which she answered practically, "He's my best friend, too."
As children we often called our playmates our best friends. However, when we grow up we find that we have many best friends. I sure have! I have a number of best friends who have helped me through the years and most of them still are.
So who are those best friends?
I guess they're the ones you keep in contact with. They comfort you when you're down. They care and ask about you and want to spend time with you. They make an effort.
Gerri is a special friend in Illinois who keeps friends together. She is a Behavior Disorder teacher I met while teaching and she actively keeps a group of nine (mostly) retired teachers in contact. I've moved to Hawaii and she still makes sure I'm kept in the loop. When I had to have jaw surgery, she sat by my bedside and kept me company even though I had to answer by writing it on paper. Since I don't drive much, she would drive me everywhere the group needed to go. When we talk, she looks directly into my eyes and asks questions to understand better because she cares. Well, that's Gerri and she's my best friend. Joan, Carol, Deanna, Judy, Huong, Fran, Lisa, Sally are my best friends also.
I grew up with Diane. I met her in kindergarten. I probably didn't talk to her much then because I couldn't speak English until the 1st grade. I feel like I can't remember when I didn't know her. She was my Maid of Honor and I was hers. She is my best friend. Joanne, Karen, Mavis, Jasmine, Yvonne, Susan, and several others are also my best friends.
Then there's my blog best friends, my neighborhood best friends, my family best friends, my college best friends, my Illinois best friends...
I thank my lucky stars for all my best friends and wish I could see or hear from them more often.
But you know what? I guess my best friend of all would be the same one as KC. He's my very best friend, too!