We’ve all seen them. We’ve maybe even looked at them with a bit of awe and a hint of longing. They don’t mean to evoke such bittersweet feelings in us, but their presence can sometimes make us wish we had what they seem to so easily share.
They are at the gym, in the office, at the bookstore, at church, and in your favorite restaurant. There is always that little group of them cozily burrowed into the booth at the café with their heads drawn toward one another, pouring their hearts out faster than the server can pour coffee into their cups. There’s also the team of them gathered purposefully around the picnic table at the park who are communing over the deepest details of motherhood, marriage, and family while their children chase one another around the playground.
Friends. And, not just the kind of casual friends who stick to superficial, everyday chatter. These kinds of friends are real friends. They are deeply invested in one another, know one another well, and seem to be really connected on a different level.
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