National Best Friends Day

Today is National Best Friends Day    It is a day to celebrate your best friend(s) and let them know what they mean to you.

I think the last time I used the term “best friend” was when I was in college. Now, I am blessed to have people in my life that I refer to as “close” friends instead of “best friends.” My “best” friends are my “close” friends.

Whether I have known them for decades or days, they all add something to my life that if they were not here, they would be sorely missed.  My “close” friends are small in number, in my opinion, that is as it should be. I don’t try to amass close friendships the way people are seeking “likes” on Facebook. True friendships take more time to evolve and grow than Facebook would like us to believe.   I have many “acquaintances”, but few who I would consider to be “close friends.”

My close friends don’t pick my brain and then turn a knife in my back for their own benefit. They don’t feign liking me one day, and then have nothing to do with me the next. My close friends aren’t “yes” people to me or to anyone else. They care enough to not just tell me what I WANT to hear, but often will tell me what I need to hear, even if it is sometimes painful, as I do for them.

My close friends are friends where I never question their motives, I never question my trust for them. My close friendships just ARE. My communication with them is easy, natural, genuine, Those close friendships are sometimes painfully REAL. I am grateful for those friendships.

If I were to be asked  to pinpoint when those close friendships evolved, in many instances I wouldn’t be able to. Many of my closest friendships were unexpected, oftentimes on the surface they would appear to be “unlikely”. To me those are some of my favorite and most cherished friendships.

“Unexpected friendships are the BEST ones.”

I am grateful for my close friends, and I deeply love each and every one of them.


  1. well said… friends ARE friends, no if’s no but(t)’s… a hug to all BFF’s today!
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  2. Brinley are my best friend.
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  3. Friendships are special and should always be celebrated
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Sand spring Chesapeakes says:

    Have a great day!

  5. A best friend is the most wonderful friend to have♥
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  6. Having a handful of close friends, makes more sense to me too. Al is my best friend, and the one person I want to spend all my time with.

  7. I still use “best” when talking about my friend from elementary school – she’s more family than anything – but otherwise I agree with you. But my online friends mean the world to me, too, despite the fact that I’ve never met them/you face-to-face.
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  8. Sandee says:

    Have a woof woof Best Friends Day, Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  9. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to let go even long term, close friendships. I had to do this recently, for a few reasons,

    But my best friends, my collies, never let me down! You can always count on a canine best friend to be there when you need them, never criticize you, and never tell your secrets!
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  10. Beautifully written!
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  11. Happy National Best Friends Day! What a wonderful post! 🙂
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  12. So very well said!!
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  13. Mom says she could have written your very words too about friends. There is nothing quite like a true friend.

    Woos – Lightning and Misty

  14. Jan K says:

    You are wise to use the term “close friends”. I have two very good lifelong friends who each get mad if I call the other one “best”. LOL
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  15. Can I just say I LOVE this post. Well said and oh-so true.
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  16. Agreed about having just a small group of close friends. That works for me. My “best” friends are my hubby and my sisters. And my pup of course! She’s always there for me!
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  17. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles says:

    Good/best friends are as rare as fine jewels, and as precious too. To be treasured forever if possible:)

  18. I don’t have any best friends other than my husband. My brothers are also my besties. I have very few true friends and that makes me sad. I love my blogging friends even though I haven’t met many of them. Is that weird? Happy Best Friends Day!
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  19. i have never had a friend that is as true blue as my little bailey, except for my husband of course. i know they are there for me, no matter what.
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  20. Very true. I always think the best friends are the ones you might not see in a long time, but when you do, you pick up right where you left off!

  21. It’s wonderful to have close friends – I wish everyone had such blessings in their lives!
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  22. Beautifully said! Close friends are hard to find!
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  23. Well said.

  24. I have some of the best friends on the face of this earth!!! And I appreciate them 1000000% – my husband being my absolute best friend cause I mean, he just kicks ass!!!
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  25. Clowie says:

    It looks like Dakota and Cody are best friends.
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  26. Such an appropriate quote for a very special day.

  27. Will says:

    Love a good interspecies friendship. Human and dog, cat and dog, dog and baby!
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  28. The older we get the harder it can be to form close friendships, so they are to be treasured. We just moved back to NY where I’m from. Over the near 10 years we in Phoenix I lost touch with some of my friends and although I made some new friends in Phoenix, it was so hard drifting away from my friends here. I’m rekindling those friendships now and I have a new appreciation for them! Adorable photo of Dakota with what looks like his Kitty BFF!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
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  29. DogDaz says:

    We could not live without our friends. Glad to see you are doing well. – Your friends at the DogDaz Zoo = Louise, Sofie Bear, Charles, Noel, Nine, Stella, and Mini Cooper

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