Growing up I saw my mom invest in her friendships. She was never too busy for a cup of coffee with a friend. Sometimes they would laugh together, sometimes they would cry. Sometimes they would walk, or ask me to leave the room. (That was actually a little hard, because I have thought of myself as a grown up since I was 3…when I started drinking coffee with my mom and planning my wedding.) I did not realize the value in seeing those friendships firsthand, until I really did grow up.
Below are a list of friend types everyone should be so lucky to have:
5 a.m. friend – This is the friend you can text at 5 am, and hear back from within minutes. You probably texted to complain about the perils of having to drive in the rain (rain because it is literally 1 degree above freezing) and therefore no 2-hour delay.
Commuter friend – The friend you talk to while driving to work. You talk about work, husbands, children, and all of life. The conversation never, ever ends (often you have to hangup mid-thought…she understands), just gets interrupted briefly for the things of life.
Long-distance friend – This is your longest running friendship. You’re no longer near one another, but can pick up right where you left off – no awkward silences.
Hero friend – this is the person you call when you need inspiration. She’s usually dusting while you talk, discussing how she sent her children to school eating homemade Belgium waffles and organic turkey bacon and ‘cage-free’ eggs. Then, instead of feeling inspiration, you feel guilt and call friend #1. She doesn’t dust.
Family friend – This is the friend that is in your family. Thank God. No, literally, THANK HIM. You look forward to family functions because she will be there. With her, you talk about everything from bacne to the omnipotence of God. (I am uniquely blessed in this category.)
Prayer warrior friend – This is the friend that can bring you to tears with just a “how are you doing”? It’s not just a regular “how are you”, it’s a “how are you, really? It’s said with such sincerity and concern, you know your answer is safe with her. And boy will she pray….
Coffee friend – This is the friend who understands your need for coffee. Talks happen after work over coffee, or after kids are in bed and we sneak over to each other’s house for a late night cup of decaf (I know…party animals…)
Friendships have never been more important to me in my life than right now, as a young mother. When I was little, I prayed for a sister. God answered my prayer by blessing me with more soul sisters than I could have asked for or imagined. So glad His ways are not our ways. I am richly blessed beyond measure, and so incredibly grateful for the gift of friendship.