Friends from childhood are unlike any other. From embarrassing moments to graduation celebrations, these people have been your friends for as long as you can remember. I am not here to say your other friends are bad people, I am simply illuminating that childhood friends hold a special spot in our lives that can’t be replaced. Also, you shouldn’t take it personally if you’re not someone’s childhood friend! If you are in a group of friends where some are childhood friends and some aren’t, understand that they were here first. Being a great friend requires more than just the time you spend with them. Anyway, here are seven reasons why childhood friends are and always will be irreplaceable:
1. You won’t have to see each other all the time.
Everyone has different lives to live. Whether it may be going to college, joining the military, or working at the family business, your friends won’t always be around. Childhood friends are perfect in this respect because it could be weeks, months, or even years since you’ve seen each other and both of you will find a way to pick up right where you left off. It will seem as if no time has passed at all.
2. They will be there as a part of your transitional phases.
The same goes for you—you will be a part of their awkward phases just as much as they are a part of yours. Childhood friends are an integral part of your character and personality because they will have seen you change from something you were and played a part in influencing who you are. Not to mention, these are the only friends that will remember parts of your life that you may have forgotten.
3. Their parents will love you as their own.
I cannot stress this one enough. They will know you like the back of their hand. Whether they see you as a good or bad influence, though, is a totally different story. Regardless, their parents will take you out to dinner, pay for the movies, invite you to parties, and be there when no one else is around. Overtime you will trust them as your own and might reveal parts of yourself to them that you are too afraid to show your real parents.
4. Childhood friends will remember events of your life that you may have forgotten.
There’s a good chance that how you remember things aren’t how they went. Not only does this make childhood friends important, it shows that they are still great friends for remembering. There have been many times I have forgotten things I’ve done in primary or high school. This is perhaps my favorite reason for childhood friends because it’s nice to reminisce about the person you were. In turn, you will also remember parts of their life which makes for interesting conversation.
5. Going to the bathroom with them isn’t awkward.
There will be times where they’re showering at their place and you have to use the toilet. Normally, you’d have to go to another bathroom or wait until they get out. Not with childhood friends, you can just waltz right in there and do your business. Even if you are out at a restaurant or the beach, going to the bathroom with them present doesn’t freak you out like it would with others.
6. There may have been a time you were attracted to each other.
This may not apply to everyone who has childhood friends, but if it does you know exactly what I am talking about. The wonderful part about this is that you’re already friends! What’s even greater is that you see this person in a whole new light and they become even more beautiful than you could have imagined. But if it doesn’t end up working out, there’s a very high chance that you will still remain really close friends.
7. More or less, they know the exact person that you are.
It’s often said that one day someone will summarize your life events and horrors into a single sentence. There’s something about the loyalty of childhood friends that makes us stronger. Their very presence makes you feel relaxed, yet attentive. They have a reliability that can only be forged through time. This is why I think childhood friends will know who you are long after you forget. They will always see the potential you may have once had and will remember you for what you are, rather than who you are.