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Wise Guide: on friendship

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
-- Alice Walker

If you'd like, pay tribute here to the friend(s) with whom you can speak your mind, who support the ways you change and grow, and who are kind about the places where you're stuck.



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pixiechick pixiechick 10 years
My mom is that person for me. No matter how many times I fall down she's right there to pick me back up again. NO matter what the issue is she knows what I need. When I need encouragement or discipline, advice or support, even just a couple of drinks, she knows. She doesn't judge me for the mistakes I make (even when I make them more than once). She offers me unconditional love and I know she'll never take it back.
andaman andaman 10 years
My best friend is away in another country. She is an only child and I do worry about her because her dad isn't well. Anyway we talk on the phone and she seems quite happy with everything at the moment. We've known each other since we were 13 so we it has been a long time and a long journey. My husband is also my best friend. He is very forgiving and I love him very much.
Blessed2x Blessed2x 10 years
Lidia- she is more than a friend to me-she is like a sister. I have known her for more than 14 years. She is always there to listen and to give advice, share laughs and worries. I moved from NY to Florida and back to NY and she remained in continous contact with me. When I came back to NY and was depressed she understood and did not just sweep my feelings under a rug. If I am out of the office she calls me at home, on my cell to make sure that I am ok. I have very few friends but the ones that I do have are quality and I am thankful for that. We "talk" everyday of the week-whether on the phone or im.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Your post is really touching Valeri, it made me tear up! It sounds like your friend is a real blessing in your life & I'm sure she feels the same way about you!
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
aww, love the posts on sisters as friends. i hope my girls will always feel that way. my most bestest friend is karen. her youngest son has the same diagnosis as my oldest daughter (their birthdays are a week apart/severe autism). we met through our kids school about 6 years ago and have since gone through all the phases of losing a child to autism; denial, amger, depression, etc. we talk on the phone every freaking day about every thing in the world and how it relates to; AUTISM. our families joke about it but i can't imagine what i would do if i didn't have her. she totally understands everything i feel about this child, my fears, the sadness, the injustice of it and the consequences for my other 2 daughters. my husband and parents are only interested in little bits of talks about small things. karen and i get right down to the worst stuff and pick it apart. it's very healing emotionally to be able to say things outloud and not be judged or questioned or told "can we talk about something NOT AUTISM". good thing i found her :)
Marci Marci 10 years
That was my mother. She listened, shared, supported, cheered, cried, set me straight. When she died, it was a double whammy, losing both my Mom and my best friend. My boyfriend is actually the one person I have now who really supports me in everything I do, encourages me to aim higher, helps me when I fall down, listens when I just need to vent. And he likes to shop, too. :) He's a terrific girlfriend.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
My sister is my best friend in this world. She is a wonderful listener, a great problem solver, and the first person I go to when I have news to share. We can pretty much read each others minds, and no one can make me laugh like she does. She can also be stubborn, which often made us adversaries when we were children, now that we are grown I see it as one of her strengths and there is no one I would rather have in my corner.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
My BFF priscilla. We've been friends since the 10th grade and even though we're complete opposites we both value that were still growing and trying to become the person that w will one be. I don't know many different personality changes i've seen her go through. But i love her for that. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
my best friend Bic is the kindest, most loving, most generous girl in the world. she's also very smart and has an awesome sense of humor and is absolutely gorgeous....
DearSugar DearSugar 10 years
my friend glenn has seen me through 3 states, 5 different jobs in 2 careers and 2 layoffs, innumerable romances, a dozen growth spurts, four times as many emotional potholes, and a bazillion tears. he challenges me & comforts me. and absolutely expects me to be wholly myself. he's the best listener in the whole world and a profoundly decent guy. and i'm lucky he's my friend.
regalbeagle regalbeagle 10 years
My friend Bob-Dogg...She's the most fiercely loyal person I know, and always tells me like it is, even if I don't want to hear it. Plus, she's always there for me, no matter what. For that, I'm always thankful.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Both of my sisters, angi and kelly. They let me speak my mind without shutting me down or telling me I am wrong.
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