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  • Jess was the new girl in Grade 9. As with all 'new kids', there was a certain aura of mystique around her. Lots of unanswered questions. Where did she come from? What's she like? Who will she be friends with?

    Initially, a group of tough girls claimed Jess as their own. As a 'good girl', this meant we would probably not be in the same constellation in the school universe. But very fortunately, a year or two later, we sat together in Biology and the rest, as they say, is history. (well, Biology ;)

    We are two very different 31 year olds, today. Our personal circumstances are very different; one is married, one is single, one is working full-time, one is a stay-at-home mum, one is living the suburban life, one is travelling the world. If we hadn't met when we were 15, I'm not sure we would meet today.

    But having forged a friendship at so pivotal a time, a time when we were kids learning to be adults, girls slowly becoming women, an invisible thread was formed between us. A thread that now stretches effortlessly, when Jess puts thousands of kilometres between us on her latest trip to South America, Asia, Africa. It is the most subtle of forces that joins us when we are geographically apart, when we are living our lives at different stages.

    We had breakfast together this morning, catching up on the last few weeks/months we've not seen each other. We talked the present, reminisced over the past, shared our hopes for the future. And what is more obvious to me than all our combined differences is the absolute fact that we are friends for life.
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