We all grew up with friends and best friends. But as we get older, the number of friends diminishes significantly and serious friendships are hard to come by.

I only have a few close friends that have stuck it out since high school, but I appreciate every single one of them.

Two of them are in the military and I rarely see them. I attribute my relationship with my husband to them. It was apparent to them long before we even knew that he and I were destined to be together. I remember when they shoved us into each other at a homecoming dance our senior year of high school. That was more than five years ago.

To this day, those friends keep in touch despite being deployed in various locations around the world.

I also have two close friends in Rio Rancho that keep me grounded after some difficult days at the office.

But my best friend, my partner in life, is the one who gets the most guff out of me. I appreciate his patience with me. The countless times I come home with a story to tell about the day would have surely worn him out if he was any other man.

If you haven’t said thank you to your friend for being a friend, I suggest you take the chance today. It can be a lift for the soul to hear that you are doing a good job at being a friend. Anyway, appreciate the ones you have.