Tina and I met around the age of 17 when we worked together as nursery nurses in a private Day Nursery and we were instantly friends, skip forward a few years and some ex boyfriends and Tina and I found ourselves being single Mums at the same time although there being around a year between the girls.
During our early 20’s we were pretty much inseparable and with having no support from the ex men folk we became our own chip eating, support team and I would have been lost without her in those very early years of parenthood.
As single parents we faced life with limited budgets, depression and anxiety and I honestly believe that our friendship kept me sane, Ok there maybe a foot banging over the insanity part but on the whole Tina kept me grounded.
Life rolled on and over the years we both married and we drifted apart.
I have missed Tina and her beautiful daughter Natalie no end over the last 7 years and have often wondered how they were both doing, but found no way to contact them and get back in touch.
We have had the pleasure of getting to catch up on a whole lot of years over recent weeks and its been fantastic that someone who has truly seen me at my lowest ebb is now back in my life to share some of my life that is one of the most amazing chapters of my life too.
Last weekend we took the kids to Ruffed park to get out and about and to get some fresh air.
Although having met a couple of weeks ago the girls who were firm friends from year dot till their early school years could not remember each other, however this did not seem to make the slightest bit of difference and in fact showed a massive amount of similarities between them.
They even drove each other nuts .. but that only went on to prove to me just how similar they were!
I can see a beautiful friendship brewing and one that I hope gives them both as much fun, joy and support as mine and Tina has over the years …
Going back needed to happen for me to realise what I missed!