My best friend Hallie once said in high school that you know you’re befriended someone when he is comfortable enough to poke fun of you. It’s true.
As a young adult, I knew I’d befriended certain work friends when they invite me to lunch to meet their spouse. When I bake up some yumyums (at their request) and leave it on their desk in Tupperware I never expect to see again, and find the same container sitting neatly on my desk a few days later, freshly washed, before I arrive. When they lend me their prized broadband card to let me finish some work at night – rather than coming in the office at a crazy, early hour – during an especially busy week when my wireless card died.
It's amazing how people -- even those we spend 40 hours a week with but aren't quite real-life friends (yet) -- can surprise us in such small but sentimental ways.
|Real-life and work friend Irene and me purposely
dressed in coordinating outfits on Halloween