The woman turned to Sarah and I and asked, “Are you guys old friends?”
Sarah and I, seated at our table mid-conversation at the cafe, didn’t know exactly how to respond. Neither of us answered immediately.
“Yeah, we’re good friends,” I answered.
“She used to work with my sister, who’s in the bathroom now,” Sarah added.
“And the two of them are twins!” I exclaimed.
From this stranger’s perspective, the three of us acted as though we were “old friends.” Really, we had “only” been friends for about a year-and-a-half.
The woman laughed and said something about how it was just nice to hear the three of us converse and laugh and that we just seemed like we had all been friends since childhood. (I mean, yes, Emily and Sarah have technically known each other since being in the womb, but not me).
I don’t know how Emily and Sarah felt but I was kind of proud that a stranger would think we had been friends for so long. The two of them are my first post-college friends I have made. They are my first real world friends.
I am now seven years out of college and back when I was a recent graduate, I would have never guessed I would find friendship in the workplace.
But, it happens.
It’s not too difficult when Emily and Sarah are two of the most giving, caring and fun people I know. They have helped me in countless ways. They go above and beyond for me and for their friends. They are up for trying new things (like doing races with me even though they claim they dislike and cannot run!) They are super smart and hardworking. (And, I’m not just saying all this because they had birthdays yesterday!)
Back when Emily and I worked together, she walked over to my desk one day and asked me if I wanted to go to Disneyland together.
“Yes, I do!” I said.
“Great!” she said and walked back to her desk.
I wasn’t sure if she was being serious or not. After all, we had only been working together for three months at the time. Six months later, the two of us and Sarah were at the happiest place on earth together. I guess you could say my friendship with these two progressed uh, kind of fast?
But, they have shown me that real world friendships do and can exist. I’ve said in the past that I have too many friends. However, for people like Emily and Sarah, there’s always room for more friends.