We all have a best friend but sometimes one best friend is not enough. And, now with new modern technology, we have our Online Friends. Just as we need more than one lipstick, so do we need our "BROAD SQUAD" to help us survive a tribulations of work, marriage, and family .... not to mention fashion emergencies! Of course, you may have one great friend who can handle all your problems on her own. Lucky you! But others have different specialists on call for each life challenge, including but not limited to how to wreak revenge on an evil boss and how to sniff out whether your boyfriend or husband is telling the truth about things....
THE OLD FRIEND: The person who convinced you that you looked beautiful, even with braces, on prom night...and the one you still yap with on the phone for hours. There's a song: "Make a new friend, but keep the old; one is silver, and the other's gold." We all need that one friend who goes for the gold. She's the one that we bonded with while drooling over glossy photos of some teen idol on a Saturday night sleep over and that we called three times a day, convinced we were in the middle of a life-altering drama. Our oldest friend is a walking, memory book, the one who reminds us of the embarrassing nicknames and hairstyles of our past. She's our hope chest, the girlfriend who thinks of us as her good china and crystal. She still sees our unique beauty, even as our body surrenders to gravity.
THE SECRET KEEPER: The friend in whom you confide your online dating disasters. The secret keeper is there for you in good times and bad. She moves with the speed of a freight train to make sure that everything in your life is in operational order after a divorce, death, major trauma issues. Someone you want to share everything with whether engaging in retail therapy or inhaling macaroni and cheese in your kitchen.
THE PERSONAL COACH: She's our glass half-full friend who may drive us crazy with her cheery optimism but never lets us shortchange ourselves. She encourages us to dream the impossible dream yet remain fully awake and solvent. Her positive outlook is not only infectious.....it's inspiring. Makes you want to strut in your high heels and classic suit....leaving negativity behind.
THE PARTY PAL: She always makes you feel as if you were the guest of honor. Her enthusiasm is unconditional. When we're determined to be depressed, she shows up at your door, ordering us to ditch our big bag of potato chips (and our bathrobe) for a night of embarrassing karaoke. Every girl gang needs one member who gets you up and running and keeps you in a festive, feel-good frame of mind. This party gal is always insisting that you wiggle yourself into last year's jeans, and encourages you to paint your face with lots of goop and set your eyes with three layers of thick black mascara. Before you know it, you are dancing in the aisles, arms flung heaven-ward, underarm flab be damned!
THE FRIEND ON SPEED DIAL: Everyone has that special friend that will be there for you no matter what.
FAMILY FRIENDS: Many of us are lucky to have family members as best friends.