Everyone grew up with a childhood BFF. They were the jelly to your peanut butter, the confidant for all your secrets and the keeper of every pinky promise. You two did everything together.
When you're young, it's pretty incredible what a difference your best friend forever can make. Rachel May Stafford recently took to Facebook to share an experience her daughter had with her best friend who unfortunately fell subject to racist bullying.
I’ll never forget what my daughter said after her best friend was subjected to a racist comment on the school bus one...
"It took me a moment to recover from that," Stafford said in her post. "I filed those powerful words away and continued observing this mighty pair."
She went on to explain her admiration for the best friend duo, saying that they have always been there for each other.
"Whether one gets hurt on the playground ... whether one is getting new glasses and needs an honest opinion ... whether one needs encouragement at basketball tryouts ... whether one is frightened by a dog ... they respond compassionately to each other's needs."
She said that even when they have disagreements, they manage to talk things through calmly and effectively.
She shared a story of taking the two girls to basketball camp, only to arrive and see that they were the only two girls at the camp. They fist bumped, then went on to enjoy their time at camp.
On the last day of camp, Stafford's daughter looked at her best friend and said, "'Thank you so much for going with me to that new camp. If you hadn't been there, I don't know what I would have done!'"
Her friend looked her straight in the eye and said, "'If you ever have to go to a new basketball camp, don't worry. I will always go with you."
Emily Brady is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She studied Communication with an emphasis in journalism. She loves photography and finding a good book to read in her hammock on a sunny, breezy day.