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Happy Friendship Month!

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that making friends is not easy, and it only gets harder the older you are. As this month is drawing to a close, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the people I’ve met in the world that helped shape who I am. Since September is Friendship Month, it seems only fitting to dedicate a moment or two to those friends I’ve made that have stuck by me through thick and thin and have left a lasting impression on my life.

I moved to Boston in 2011 from a relatively small town in Virginia. Eager to get a foot in the door of the publishing industry, I transferred schools and packed my entire life into a storage pod. I never even met my roommate before she opened the door to let me into our dingy apartment in East Boston, and when my mom boarded her return flight to Virginia, I was truly on my own and alone for the first time. It was terrifying.

When I was younger and my friends couldn’t come out to play, books were where I turned. They were a constant companion in childhood that came along for the ride into adulthood. In fact, it should come as no surprise that I met my first two friends in Boston in one of my first literature classes. We didn’t become close until the following year, but we bonded over a mutual love of all things literary, and we still make jokes about that class, eight years later. Most of the friendships I have made since moving to this city have been joyously book related in some way. My current roommates and I bonded over our book hoarding tendencies, another dear friend is always telling me about the most recent audiobook she has listened to, and here at Curious George, Rosa and I banter about the latest YA novels and subscription boxes all the time.

If I’m being honest, I would be lost without these people in my life. The connections that we have made were sparked by a mutual love and have grown deeper over the years. While I know it isn’t easy to conjure up a friendship, every relationship is built on a foundation of common ground. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone over a shared interest – you never know what best friends you might get out of it!

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