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The Magic Of Friendship

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The Magic Of Friendship

Do you remember these friendship necklaces? I do! I had many, shared them, kept half. Friendships as a kid are some kind of magic.

When I think back to my childhood, a lot of my memories are around the friendships I made. I had a girlfriend that lived a few blocks away, and almost every day we’d ride our bikes and meet halfway at the local park. We’d play make believe, chat, create, and have fun. Another beautiful friend I had was my next door neighbour. We grew up playing dolls, swimming in each other’s pools and playing in the dirt together.

I never wished for lots of friends or to be super popular, I wasn’t that kid. I just wished for a handful of good friendships, and that’s what I was lucky enough to have, and still have.

The Magic Of Friendship

I met my best friend behind the school hall on the first day of high school. My primary school was a feeder school to the high school so a whole heap of us were together going into high school, but my best-friend-to-be had come from a different school and didn’t know hardly anyone. Our friendship was cemented on that day, and has had us create some fun, weird and wonderful memories together, even having our own children find friendships with each other. That’s pretty magical.

The Magic Of Friendship

As a mum though, oh boy I can find anything to stress about… and I do worry about my girls making good friendships {while trying not to let them know I’m worried, of course!}. The road for one of my daughters has been a little bit bumpy in the friendship department, and I’ve tried to teach her what makes a good friend, and also how to be a good friend. This past year I’ve truly seen her blossom and meet a few people she likes to call her BFFs. It makes me so happy, because while friendships can be magic, but also a little bit bumpy. And we mums can always find something to worry about, right?

I want you to watch this video. Maybe go and grab some tissues first. I’ve watched it six times already, and cried EVERY time. Go ahead. Watch. I’ll wait for you.

Yesterday was International Friendship Day, and I think that video is such a beautiful take on friendship. I loved that it celebrated the friend that the children had become, and made me think about the friend that my own daughters have become. They are so kind, generous and loyal. They also bring in a fun sense of humour which I think any friend appreciates because who doesn’t love to laugh?

I’m going to be working with the lovely team at My Little Pony over the coming months to celebrate the magic of friendship, and a whole host of other really cool things. Stay tuned.

I want to hear about your friendships. What do you think makes a good friend? How did you meet your best friend?

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