1. The "I've Seen You with Braces and Bell-Bottoms" Friend
This is the one who knows where you live. Not only literally, but also that figurative place where it all began. You bonded over jumping rope, passing notes and gushing over teen idols. She knows your family, she knows how you crashed your first car into a pole the day after your sixteenth birthday, and she didn't laugh when you wore a 32 AAA bra. Your friendship is based on the deep roots that come from knowing each other through all the big and little events that propel us into adulthood. She understands where you are coming from and helps you get where you want to go.
2. The Biological Buddy
This is the friend who mirrors your family status. If you have children, so does she, and hopefully her kids are close enough in age to yours that you can bemoan the dilemmas of potty training or car seats together. You listen patiently to her stories about junior, nod in the right places, and then it's your turn. You swoop in in a crunch to baby-sit or pick the kids up from school and vice versa. It's a beautiful thing. On the flip side, this friend may be the one among your group who, like you, doesn't have children. Together you celebrate your freewheeling status at fancy restaurants where you couldn't find a high chair to save your life. You go to museum openings, see movies with subtitles and indulge in marathon shopping excursions. Don't call me before 9am? No worries about getting any guff; she too is still asleep.
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