When they were about six weeks old, was when they met for the first time. It was a new mommy’s support group. There were four moms, and four kids. Three of them were creamy colored girls. One of them was a gigantic brown skinned boy. One of those girls fell over a lot near him. He rolled over eventually and smiled. They drooled at each other. They grabbed things from each other. They screeched a lot.
Their mommies found an ease in the shared newness too. A whole lot of friendships were born. Life events happened. She came to his finalization in her very best frock.
Firsts were gathered up and shared like pebbles on the shore: solids, words, steps and entire nights in their very own beds. The sight of the other always a homecoming to joy. For the longest time she said his name with an “H” in the middle; Shammeeeee! He could eat the sand from beneath her feet.
They continued to scream at each other a lot. Months turned into years. She called herself an artist. He called himself an athlete. They grew. Their families had dinner a few weeks before kindergarten began, and looked to each other for ease in all this new.
They both started kindergarten, they lost their first teeth, and compared notes on the tooth fairy’s haul. They loved their teachers. They made new friends. Suddenly just over the bridge seemed farther away.
Then she came to his practice to watch him knock a ball out of the park, and screamed his name when he did. He was so proud and excited to have her there he didn’t know which way to run.
After practice they sat down at their own table, and he said; “So what’ll we have?” She answered with a smile.
They’ve known each other their entire lives, and when your 6.5, that is a very long time.
My oldest friend, I met when I was exactly Sammy’s age. We met on a soccer field. You? How long have you known your oldest friend? How did it start? With the school year ending, we’re talking a lot about how we continue with our old and new friends over the summer. We’re also noticing how great it is, to have friends, like this one, who really, really, really know us!