Our friends are among life’s greatest treasures. They help us negotiate the difficult hurdles of life. What would we have done without friends in adolescence to help us navigate the travails of puberty and deal with our unreasonable parents? And what about the twenty-something romances? Whom do we go to for emotional rescue when in the dating years the man of our dreams becomes the stuff of nightmares? We go to our friends. Later, the coach us through first-time motherhood. Years later as we help our kids pack to go to college, they witness our tears. Our friends walk with us through menopause as, once again, we are caught up in the hormonal crazies, and they listen as we fantasize about fleeing to the Caribbean or a convent. In their presence, we laugh about what drove us crazy hour before; with them, we cry without shame, knowing we will be understood.
– Brenda Hunter
Cite: The Kinship of Women: A Celebration of Enduring Friendship by Pat Ross