Times were much simpler back then. We didn't worry when children left the house and ran off to play with others. My brothers and I would go off on adventures in the woods. We would hike to find blueberries, or to find a fishing spot. Snake hunting and slug exterminations were the norm. I loved spending time with my brothers. It was a much needed change of pace when I had met my friends.
Over the years that have passed, I have realized that the conditions of friendships that remain strong and true are those that are loving and trustworthy. The bonds that tie you with your friends should run deep. You may feel like brothers and/or sisters, or maybe cousins if you have parents that are close friends.
You shouldn't worry if you aren't making friends right away. It's OK to sit back and wait. The friends you want will be there forever. They will go for days on end with not hearing from you and pick up from the last conversation you had. They don't judge you even if you are wrong. They listen intently while you pour your heart out. They hug you.
You, in return, must do the same.
The best part of friendship that I have learned is that it comes from the least likely of places. I still have my Heather and Amy, but I have gained some truly amazing people in my life. Don't be afraid to reach out.
That one person that you smile at in the check-out line might end up as your friend for life.
You never know.