This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
Within the last month or so, I had an interesting discussion with a few people on friendships. I mentioned that I have a few friends I’ve known since as early as kindergarten. One friend, who was a military brat, moved around a lot, found that concept to be an amazing thing. Another, who wasn’t a military brat, but moved a few times, expressed nearly the same thing.
For me, I grew up in a military environment, but I was the one who stayed in one location while everyone else practically came and went around me. With that said, I guess it is pretty interesting to maintain friendships with someone for a long time. But I think about a friend I’ve known since kindergarten, two more in first grade, and several I made in high school and college years . . . and I wonder if such a concept of knowing somebody that long is that foreign? To me it’s not really a foreign concept since I am in that situation, but I can imagine others believing otherwise.
Another thing I noticed about friendships is that sometimes the friends you do make in your early years are the ones who you maintain a deeper relationship compared to someone you only knew for a bit. Now that can be different, depending on the individuals, but for me, that’s the case. I feel more closer to the friends I’ve made in my early years than in college and afterwards. I think one big reason is because we can reminisce our school days, whether it’s about this one teacher we liked or the events we went through together to share that camaraderie.
What do you guys think? Do you guys have friends you’ve known for a real long time, practically your whole life? Do you feel a deeper connection with the ones from your earlier years than your later years?