Longest friendship

United States
December 22, 2009 2:25am CST
What is the longest friendship you have had? Mine would be my friend Mandy..we have known each other since we were in the sixth grade and we are now 27. There was a year or two that we didn't have contact with one another because we moved away from our hometown but fortunately we were able to get back in contact shortly after I moved because we ended up working at the same job and we have remained in contact since then. I feel the most comfortable with her and she is the only person I share my personal life stories with. I am a very private person and don't like a ton of people to know much about what is going on in my life especially in the same town that I am from because even when you mind your own business someone has something to say about it but with Mandy I know that she won't tell anyone and she knows the same with me...it is nice to have that one person in life to share personals with, the only person who knows as much as she does is my husband he is my closest friend but I still have to have Mandy for when I have those aww i love him stories because it would be kinda weird sharing stories about my husband with my husband LOL....
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 09
Well... I recently got back in touch with my friend Bev from elementary school, so I've known her the longest. But the people I've known the longest that I'm close to are a group of friends I met in college the year I studied in Germany.
• United States
23 Dec 09
It is great that you were able to get back in touch with your friend...how long where you two apart? Thanks for your response dawnald
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Dec 09
Over 20 years....
• United States
24 Dec 09
Wow that is absolutely awesome......
@minx267 (14585)
• Hartford, Connecticut
22 Dec 09
My longest friendship is that which I share with my friend Joleen. We met 29, well almost 30 years ago when she and her mother moved in a few doors down from us. We have stayed friends through all my moves and hers. there may be months sometimes we may not have spoken but we always pick up where we left off.. Now she is moving in with me for a while.. That makes 2 of my best friends under the same roof with me.. My other roommate and I have been friends (well and he is my ex boyfriend) for 22 years (This Christmas Eve!) Another friend who did live with me but moved out.. has also been my friend for over 22 years. There are others that are over a decade.. but these are the longest. I can share anything with these guys!
• United States
22 Dec 09
Wow that is great that you are able to have a few different friends for such a long amount of time. Most of the times after high school you loose track with close friends. My friend and I are the same way at times when life seems to take hold and we don't get the chance to talk for a little while but we both know that we will get in contact soon and we are just dealing with life things right then. It is great that you are always to live with your ex boyfriend still and have been friends for so long....thanks for your response minx
@minx267 (14585)
• Hartford, Connecticut
22 Dec 09
You are welcome.. It is interesting though- that even though I went to school with 2 of the 3 we never knew each other in school and did not meet until a few years out of high school.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Well that makes those friendships even better than....
@nonayang (11)
• China
23 Dec 09
I met my best friends at 4th grade in my elementary school. We five are classmates and are the same age but only I am girl. Back to that year, I transfered to the school at which they studied for relocated. Everything was new and strange to me.I studied hard but felt very lonely in heart. Two of them sat in my front and the other two sat behind me. They helped me in learning and took care of me. We studied and played together for two years. Fortunately, two of them and me entered the same junior high school. To date, we still call each other and have meal together. We all grew up and have own family. Especially in this year, two of them became father! I was so exciting when I got the big good news! Too many happy memories are in our hearts and I wish our friendship would last forever.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Five male friends hehehe lucky you...good to have them around to protect you when needed. It is exciting that two are now fathers and you never know maybe your kids can all become good friends when they get older =) Thanks a bunch for your response nonayang
• China
27 Dec 09
Woo, it is great that if our kids will be good friends! Maybe more than friends. In China, most of families only have one child in my generation for the family-planning(one-child policy) since 1979. So many young people like me have cousins but have no siblings. I really wish our children would be close like families.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
22 Dec 09
My longest friendships are with people I met in school and still see or talk to today...that would be over 50 years of friendship...a half century :) And to me, that says a lot about the endurance of a true friendship. They are ever so much more valuable than gold.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Oh peaceful...when I saw 50 years I about dropped I had to go look at your profile because in your picture you look nothing like a lady that has been around for over 50 years........but your age says you are so I will have to take your word on that LOL That is really great that you have been friends for that long, you are right it really does say a lot about true friendship. I hope that I can keep my friendship going that long and their must be so many memories that you all have and it is just awesome. Thanks for sharing peaceful
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• United States
22 Dec 09
LOL, well thank you! That made my day. I think it has to be a genetic thing, as neither of my parents looked their ages either. But yes, that is me a little over a year ago, and yes, I'm 59 as of this past Sept.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Dec 09
The longest friendship that I have has been going on for the last 25 years of my life, in other words, the greatest majority of my life. That is my best friend, Erica. She and I have been friends since we were in preschool and we still maintain our friendships today. We've always shared a lot of things in common, from school to orchestra, Girl Scouts and church. Now that we are adults, the miles have come between us but still we are able to be friends. It is nice to have a friend whom I've known for so long and someone to whom shares the same chapter in life right now. We are both young mothers and it is great to have someone to talk to about the trials and tribulations of motherhood.
• United States
27 Dec 09
I agree that is the best part of having a good friend even when there are many miles seperating two people that they are still able to get in contact when it is really needed or when it really counts. There are times when my friend and I go a few weeks to even a month without talking but we always know that we are still there when we need to talk...life gets hectic at times LOL Thanks a bunch for your response dorann
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I have a friend that we became friends when we were in the 8th grade. that would be 55 years ago. I don't see her that much & don't really talk to her that much but we both know if we needed one another the other would be there.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Wow, that is awesome. 55 years is a long friendship. I think it is sometime natural with lifes hectic ways to not have contact as often but it is still great that when it really counts you can still count on one another....thanks a bunch for your response antique
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
i don't know but do friendship end?
• United States
27 Dec 09
In some case yes they do....friends pass, friends fight and friends lose contact. There is a girl that I was friends with since 3rd grade but unfortunately she was killed in a car accident freshman year but I believe that if she was still alive we would still be great friends...Thanks a bunch for your response nimlangcoy
@gunjanpri (602)
• India
23 Dec 09
Longest friendship I had is with my elder sister as we had been together for years and luckily after our marriages also, we are in the same city and going to be here for long I hope. her office is also very nearby. and I can meet her anytime I need or I like. we share a good understanding and had been together through all trughs of life.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Great....having your sibling as your best friend is even better because then you get to be stuck with them for life LOL and they know almost all the things you have been through. Thanks a bunch for your response gunjanpri
@terrile (97)
• United States
23 Dec 09
My longest friendship is 34 years. We met in kindergarten. She was hellion and I was the quiet kid. Though we are 1800 miles away we talk on the phone several times a week and when I make it back to our hometown we are together a lot. It's like we have never been apart.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Hehe...that is too funny. They say that opposites attract this must be true in your case. That is even better that with such a distance between the two of you you can still talk so often. Thanks a bunch for your response terrile
• United States
23 Dec 09
The longest friendship i have ever had would prolly be with my friend brandon we have been best friends since the 2nd grade. it may seam strange that we are still friends because i met him a LONG time ago but we live in a very small town lol
• United States
27 Dec 09
Not at all having friendships for that long is great. I think it is better when you have a friend for that long because they then know much more about you LOL Thanks a bunch for your response matrix
• United States
23 Dec 09
Friendships in my life seem to ebb and flow. Right now I would have to say my friend Jill is my oldest friend. We met Freshman year of high school. So we've been friends for about 13 years, although there was about 2 years where we didn't talk. The exciting thing about the internet and friendships is that you can reconnect with people from your past.
• United States
27 Dec 09
I think good friendships are hard to find, everyone I am sure goes through friendships. If you were to sit back and think of all the friends you made and lost throughout the years the lists would be pages and pages long. I miss a few friends that I made and no longer have contact with but I think there are just as many that I am glad to be rid of LOL...If one is lucky enough to have one great true friend in their life they are fortunate I think....Thanks a bunch for your response earthpanther
@snafushe (795)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
My longest friendship is with my friend Julia, we have known each other since Kindergarten. We grew up living two houses a way from each other we'd always run over to each others house every day. We're still really close and talk every single day, though sadly we do not live close together anymore. We try to see each other at least a couple of times a year. When we do get together, watch out! We go nuts. Haha god, I miss her.
• United States
27 Dec 09
That is great that you have remained friends throughout school and still although not close together get the chance to get together once or twice a year. Thanks a bunch for your response snafushe
• United States
23 Dec 09
The longest friendship I have ever had is 9 years as of now and still going. I met my best friend in a different state when I was 17 and now I am 29 and am married to my best friend. We have never lied to each other and never will. We keep no secrets and hang out togeather constanly. When there is a problem, we sit down and analyze it seperately, then togeather and come up with the best solution we can to resolve the problem. All of our friends are jealous of our relationship and can't understand how we wok. But people don't realize, we relly don't put any effort into making it work, because we were friends before we got married and already learned everything about each other.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Hello, that is great I am so glad to hear that you and your husband have such a great relationship. My husband and I are also very close and have always been able to talk everything through I think this is the most important thing about a relationship is communication and openness and because of this we never have to fight but I think it is because we are so much alike that it doesn't cause problems.... Thanks for your response ladymetal
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
54 years, I am 54 years old and my friend and I were babies together, we are still very good friends and she visits everytime she is back in town. I live in Montreal Quebec and she lives in Washington, D.C. She used to live in montreal that is where we met.
• United States
23 Dec 09
Wow friends since you were babies that is so very cool...and to still remain friends after all these year and such the distance between the two of you. Thanks for your response winterose
• United States
22 Dec 09
My best and longest friendship is with my friend Marianne I met her in Germany in 1969 and when have remain close friends now for 40 years. She still lives in Germany but we keep in touch and she came to the States last year to visit. On the first day we talked non stop for 10 hours!
• United States
22 Dec 09
Gosh another long friendship..that is great that you are able to remain good friends for such a long period of time especially with her living such a far distance away. 10 hours that is nuts but I guess if you are gong to travel that far you want to catch up on lost time...Thanks for sharing whiteheather
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I guess the longest friendship I've had would be 11 years. I have moved around a lot. I loke them all but we just didn't stay in touch. It must be nice to have someone you are that close to and that you have known that long.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Eleven years is a long time to have a friend..I wouldn't worry about having a bunch of long time friends because I think one true friend is all you ever need. Is this friend someone you can count one? If so then it doesn't matter how much time you have known one another that is just an extra bonus....thanks for your response jenintn
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
22 Dec 09
My best friend Helen and I became friends when we were both 11. We're now 57 and grandmothers, and she's still my best friend, and the only one I can talk to about anything. She's more like my sister than my friend, really, except there's no sibling rivalry. Now, I live in Spain while she's still in England. I thought we'd see less of one another, but we don't. When we lived in England, we were about 250 miles apart, but it takes less time and it's cheaper for her to fly to see us in Spain than it was for her to drive down to Cornwall to visit. This year, we've spent about 6 weeks of quality time together, and we speak on the phone at least once a week. Luckily, I get 1500 minutes of talk time to England in my phone contract - I use most of it calling Helen!
• United States
22 Dec 09
Hello Sandra...that is great that even while living in different areas the two of you are able to get together just as much. No sibling rivalry is the best part of friendship isn't it LOL you can tell them everything but your parents won't force you to share with them Hehehe.....46 years is a long friendship and here is to 46 more =) Thanks for your response