Sometimes we stay friends with them, and sometimes we don't. In my case, the girl I was best friends with all through middle and high school ended up not being such a good friend in the ned. So when our friendship fell apart my senior year, i was crushed and convinced I was utterly alone.
If there's one thing I learned from high school (besides how to do Geometry proofs), its that sometimes the best friends are the ones that we never see coming.
My best friend in the world sat behind me in history class my sophomore year after moving to my hometown from Virginia. She was a year ahead of me, and we had to work on a project together. I thought we'd see each other once in a while after taht. I had no idea she'd end up being like my best-friend soul mate.
The two other people I call my best friends were the last people I expected to be my friends, especially after high school ended. One is the ex-boyfriend of a girl I used to hang out with. When they broke up, I thought I'd never hear from him again. Now, three years later, even from several states away, we talk almost once a week. The other, a girl I've known since second grade, hadn't been my friend since elementary school, but senior year, by some fluke, we reconnected and never lost touch again.
My best friends in the world are not the people I thought I'd be friends with after high school.
In books and movies, I think we see a lot of frenemies - the best friend who is also the worst enemy. I had several of those. But one thing I've never seen represented, and that I think happens a lot, is the unexpected friend. the person you talk to twice in the hallway or who sits behind you in Chemistry and ends up becoming not only a friend, but a person you can rely on and trust more than the friends you've had for years.
Now that I'm in college and still making new friends, I try not to take anyone for granted. Because you never know if that girl who let you borrow the pencil in class or the boy who had one class with you two semesters ago and randomly bumps into you one day may end up being the best friend you never had.
Did you ever have an unexpected friend? Someone you just considered a casual acquaintance proving themselves to be your best friend? A person who you thought didn't care surprise you by showing their concern? Tell us about it in the comments! I'd love to hear your stories.