You grow up, get married and your spouse becomes your best friend, in some cases. The same thing goes for dating in high school. I can recall countless times where the friendship would die down when a boy was involved, and how it would spark back up when the boy flew the coop. I'm willing to face facts that I'm incapable of being a good friend in a crowd of people. I mostly work best one-on-one, but that's just me. I don't recommend it for everyone. My husband is the opposite of me being able to work a crowd and maintain multiple friendships. Which I realize is why, it's hard to let go of him when someone else vies for his attention. I don't really mind being considered a friend-on-retainer. You only need me when it's convenient for you. But in certain situations, after 20 years, it's get old and wears you down just like the friendship bracelets I used to make long ago. As lonely as I may feel now, I'm completely happy with choosing 3 different colored threads, and doing devoting time to braiding them together just right. Any more threads than that is too complicated and messy for me.
Are you still holding on to a friendship bracelet from like 100 years ago? I'd love to see. Send me your pictures, and I might put them on my website. Click here to visit the Contact page and send me a request. I will let you know what email to send your photo to.