Scottish Stories – On Friendships Old and New

two little friendsI ran away from home when I was 16 years old. Well, actually, I got myself a scholarship to a school on the West Coast of Scotland where I boarded for the equivalent of Years 11 and 12.

Luckily for me, another new girl started at the same time, and, like me, JV had come from a huge public school. We bonded straight away and so began many adventures.

JV’s Mum was always really good to me and I spent lots of time at their house.

Our toast festivals were legendary.

JV and I haven’t lived in the same town since we were 18, which is, horrifyingly, about 31 years ago.

We reckon we were the girls least likely to have lots of children. But here we are in 2013, each with three boys and a girl. And our little daughters are only 5 months apart in age.

We met up yesterday at a non-chocolate box Scottish location (the Costas cafe at Tesco in Corstorphine) and as usual JV and I just got straight down to nattering business.

It’s always easy, always.

We never communicate at all in between seeing each other, no Facebook, no texts, no emails. But it’s always, always effortless when we meet up.

Those friendships forged in the fires of the teenage years are steel strong.

And what joy that the same effortless ease in renewing the friendship has happened for our little girls.

They’d met before nearly three years ago when they were four, and now again they just got straight on with being little girl pals.

two girls running

Which involves a lot of running around and buying colourful elastics for their hair.

The journey from home in Sydney to Mum’s new house in Scotland was 30 hours door to door.

The journey back through time to the deeply forged friendships of youth takes seconds.

Passing on the gift of friendship to our daughters  is so, so special.

Do you have a friendship that is passing down through the generations?

Does it make you feel all warm and glowing?


Linking up with Jess at IBOT even though it’s still Monday here in Bonnie Scotland!


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Posted on: April 23, 2013


  • Reply April 23, 2013


    I think friendship like this are hard to find. I have know my best friend for over 20 yrs and like you will dont take via any social media, but I still know she would be there for me.
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  • Reply April 23, 2013

    JodiGibson (

    MY best friend has been so since about the age of 8. We have had our ups and downs but she is the only one I would trust with my life and my children (apart from husband of course!). We had our kids very close. her son is three months older than my daughter and our second children, my daughter is three months older than her daughter!
    our friendship is for life and beyond.

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    I have quite a few of those friendships from Uni and school days. I love them! SO easy, effortless, comforting and real. Soul friends.
    So pleased you got to have a great catch up 🙂
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    Oh Seana that is gorgeous and so glad you’re having a great catch up, all four of you. I relate so much as my oldest HS buddy lives in the UK now with her two young girls, the second one I’ve yet to meet and busting to visit them (never been to the UK). It’s hard being so far apart.Her family is still here and we were so excited when my second and her first were due 2 months apart. Unfortunately that baby girl never made it- devastating. She has 2 younger ones now and we have regular phone marathons 😉 #teamIBOT

  • How nurturing to catch up with old mates 🙂 My bestie in the UK has 3 kids too and they all get along which is fun.

    I came here today specially to see how you are getting on and read some of your Scottish tales. Thinking of you and hope the trip goes well.

    x A

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    Fantastic. Amazing how some friendships can just work like that. I have my 25 year high school reunion coming up and I am so excited about seeing my old group – only one of which I’ve stayed in contact with but I expect it will be just like old times to see the others.

  • Reply April 23, 2013

    Desire Empire

    The ability to make friends is one thing. Keeping them this long is another thing altogether. That you have a friend from the teenage years says a lot about you both actually. What a wonderful time you must be having.

    Friendships over the generations are just fabulous.

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    Glad you had a great catch up Seana – isn’t it the best feeling in the world to be able to pick up where you left off! And to have your kids playing – just perfect! x

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    I would love to have a special friendship like that – the closest I can claim is A who has been my best friend for 27 years !!!
    Have the best time away !
    Love, hugs and positive energy.

  • So lovely to be able to see friends again. I’m seeing a friend I haven’t in a few years on Anzac day looking forward to it. Nice to be able to share that friendship with your daughter,

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    Friendships like that are so special, you just take up where you left off.
    That is a huge journey, hope you’re having a fabulous holiday! x

  • Reply April 23, 2013

    Robyn (Mrs D)

    You nare so right – these kinds of friendships are the BEST kind. I have a friend like this too – we grew up living next door to each other and although we never went to the same school we were still best friends. I have only seen her a handful of times in the last 20 years and each time it has been effortless! Enjoy the rest of your trip xxx

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    I have a special mate like that, with a daughter 6 months less than mine. She once rang me, ‘kimbo, what’s yr address’ and hung up. I figured she was busy writing Christmas cards but I hadn’t spoken to her in at least a year. Then I went through a crisis last year and shed almost booked the plane down before I cld say it’ll be ok. So precious.

  • Reply April 23, 2013

    Pip (bub sweat and tears)

    What a sensational story. Oh if only I’d discovered Scotland that little bit earlier – I may well have ended up living there. Love that your girls seem to share the same energies 🙂

  • Reply April 23, 2013


    What a wonderful friendship! I’m so excited for you that you are visiting Scotland! Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply April 24, 2013


    I am always so thankful for friendships like this (albeit I think there may be a text or email somewhere in between, but only a handful). These friendships I cherish.
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

  • Reply April 24, 2013


    Ah, Seana…your turn to get me all weepy! That’s a truly beautiful and unique friendship you have right there. And to know your daughters are forging their own…magical xxx

  • Reply December 6, 2013

    Mellisa Turner

    Wow ! It is lovely. Friendship is the most beautiful gift, one can ever have.

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