My "grown-up" best friend, Christy, I met in England ten years ago. We have an anniversary coming at the beginning if August. We were both living near Reading, in UK. We were there as au pairs and we were introduced by our host-mothers.
She's probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I was very young and naïve when I left home to go to England. She was a little more wiser and tougher than me, and I'm sure that without her I wouldn't have survived. She "raised" me during that year we spent taking care of children and the household, and having fun with our other au pair friends.
When we got back home to Finland we continued to have fun together and we became closer. She's still my best friend and she probably knows me better than anyone else. I love her to bits. She's my honorary maid of honor and I'm sorry she can't be there on my wedding day, because our wedding is going to be so small. After all she is the most important person to me ever, and I hope she knows it.