In Second Chance Summer, Taylor reconnects with her childhood best friend after a long separation. In today’s posts, Alexa and I are talking about our own childhood friendships. Childhood friendships, to me, mean everything during my elementary school years. Age four to twelve. That’s exactly how long my friendship with childhood friends lasted.
Of course, there was some time before and after that. My best friend, Nikki, and I met in preschool, actually, but then I started out at a different elementary school. After a year, I transferred because my school was terrible, and specifically asked to be placed in the same class as her. (It probably sounded less eloquent though.) I remember being so happy my first day. Nikki and I were pretty steady throughout elementary school. I don’t think we ever fought, and I felt right at home at her house. I could be loud and silly with her the way I couldn’t at school, because I was too shy. Nikki’s family was also important to me, and especially her mom, who supported me in every way. She accompanied our “groep acht” camp, and helped me through my homesickness. Even though Nikki and I didn’t do everything together, because we had other friends too, I have always counted her as my best friend.
Other girls I used to hang out with (because I only had girl friends) were Anouk, Sarah, Rosanne and Lisanne. I met Lisanne during a race in our “groep drie sportdag”. I count her as my friend, but I didn’t always like her because she was manipulative and sometimes mean and thank god I was clever enough to see that and just complain about it to my parents. Still, our parents were friends and I spent a lot of time with her and we also definitely had fun. I slept over at her house a lot and I usually had lunch there between morning and afternoon school. Anouk was great, but also way ahead of me with everything. She was talking about boys while I was still playing with lego and dolls. Sarah was very sweet, but unfortunately, moved across the country. And Rosanne was angry, because her mom was very sick, and not many people liked her but I did. These are the girls I most regularly hung out with.
Once I started high school, I rarely saw my elementary school friends. All of them went to different schools or different levels in my school and I was on my own. We separated when we went to high school, and we started different levels of education. Anouk was held back a grade, Sarah moved across the country, Rosanne went to a different school, and Nikki and Lisanne went to a different level. They became more interested in boys and hanging out in the city, and I was still interested in hanging out with family and friends like always. I was a latebloomer, and I guess that was that caused us to drift apart. I don’t mind. We are completely different. But I have fond memories of them, because elementary school was my safe place, and I am thankful for that.
No pictures this time, because I’m not sure if I have the right to post those. Make sure to check out Alexa‘s post as well!