A Life Journey with Cherished People

The author and her three BFFs at a '90s festival in Chicago.

“We got the house!”

That was the text I received from one of my BFFs (Best Friends Forever) who finally, after more than ten years, decided to move to Arizona to open up a dental practice.

Before this announcement, another BFF, a few years back, had decided to make the move to her company’s head office on the East Coast.

So, then, there was BFF #3 and I, left behind in Chicago.

A souvenir from younger days symbolizing a rite of passage — a girl group portrait taken at the local mall. Here, the author and her friends strike a pose at a Sears studio. (Top: Dr. Charisma Luat; Right: Cheryl Chavez; Bottom: Minelli Mojica; Left: the author)

A souvenir from younger days symbolizing a rite of passage — a girl group portrait taken at the local mall. Here, the author and her friends strike a pose at a Sears studio. (Top: Dr. Charisma Luat; Right: Cheryl Chavez; Bottom: Minelli Mojica; Left: the author)

The four of us have known each other since 1987 in high school, throughout college, and beyond, as we all went into our respective careers.  From the three-hour phone calls, three-way calling (four-way calling), writing notes, mailing letters and cards while in high school, to emailing, chatting and texting today, we still manage to remain the best of friends.

They are my sisters, my best-friends, my kumares (fellow god-mothers). We’ve shared talks, tears and trials. We’ve experienced blessings, celebrations and heartaches.

I just want to them to know, that no matter how far they move away from Chicago,  they will be as close to my heart as they’ve always been.

Twenty-five years is a long time to put up with the moodiness and teasing, fighting and bickering.  You only need to remember the laughter, good and happy times.

Hug your best-friends today.  Tell them how much you love them and thank them for being your BFFs.  Time passes by so quickly, but the friendships you have will stand the tests of time.

Keep it strong, just as Michael W. Smith sings, Friends are Friends Forever. ♥

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