I can honestly say, without shame, that my mother is my best friend. Although growing up she was always very adamant that she’s my mother and not my friend, these days, she is definitely, without a doubt, my best friend. There’s no one else in the world that I can call several times a day (as I do on rainy days when I’m bored) and I can’t imagine watching a single awards show without having her on speakerphone. She’s also the first person I call when it feels like my world is spinning out of control.
For me, my mother is my rock, my go-to in all cases, and even the first person I called when I found I was pregnant. I keep no secrets from her and I value her input above everyone else’s. And, well, she’s just awesome — especially because she puts up with me.
Since we’re still celebrating International Women’s Friendship Month, to skip over the first woman who welcomes us into the world — our first friend — would just be wrong.
Is your mom your best friend, too? Here are 33 ways to tell.
SHE’S THE FIRST PERSON YOU CALL WHENEVER ANYTHING GOES WRONG
... LIKE HOW THAT GUY YOU'VE BEEN SEEING FORGOT YOUR BIRTHDAY. AGAIN.
She will likely advocate breaking up with him.
Or THE LITTLE STUFF, LIKE how YOU TRIPPED AND FELL IN FRONT of your whole office
She will laugh and commiserate.
SHE’S ALSO THE FIRST PERSON YOU CALL WHEN something GOES RIGHT
... LIKE HOW YOU SCORED THAT DREAM JOB
AND FINALLY DUMPED that guy who forgot your birthday
WHEN SHE CALLS YOU, YOU ACTUALLY PICK UP
Like, who are these kids who groan whenever their mother calls?!
SHE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE THINKING BEFORE YOU EVEN OPEN YOUR MOUTH
All it takes is a look.
AND WHEN YOU DO OPEN YOUR MOUTH, SHE FINISHES YOUR SENTENCES
... Oy with the poodles already.
SHE ACTUALLY GIVES YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY
Whereas some other mothers remain clueless.
SHE KNOWS WHO ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE, WHERE THEY’RE FROM, AND WHO THEY’RE DATING
Even if she's never met them.
YOU CAN TALK TO HER FOR HOURS ABOUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
She also knows if your bowel movements have been weird lately.
... SERIOUSLY, NOTHING
Like what you're buying at the grocery store.
YOUR ENEMIES ARE HER ENEMIES
You may have forgiven your ex, but mom? Not so much.
YOU sometimes WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS TOGETHER on THE PHONE
and you always debrief after AWARD SHOWS AND POLITICAL DEBATES
which means you know the importance of that free nights and weekends plan
WHEN YOU’RE SICK, YOUR FIRST THOUGHT IS STILL “I WANT MY MOM”
Is there really anyone else you can throw up in front of?
SHE’S HONEST ALMOST to A FAULT, BUT THAT’S COOL WITH YOU
because HER ADVICE TRUMPS THE ADVICE OF EVERYONE ELSE
You know she has your best interest at heart, and the life experience to back it up.
SHE ALWAYS THINKS YOU’RE THE ABSOLUTE BEST AT EVERYTHING YOU DO
She also wishes you’d feel that way about yourself, too.
YOU MOSTLY ONLY FIGHT ABOUT DUMB THINGS
Like whether Walter White is better than Don Draper.
THE THOUGHT OF GOING HOME FOR HOLIDAYS IS AWESOME
You don't know why other people dread it.
YOU CONSTANTLY MAKE EACH OTHER LAUGH
Does anyone else get your sense of humor this well?
YOU CAN TELL HER EVERYTHING
And I mean everything.
LIKE THAT WEIRD THING YOU FOUND IN THE TOILET
You know, the one that may or may not have come from your body.
or THE FACT THAT YOU PASSed OFF DELIVERY AS SOMETHING YOU cooked AT a DINNER PARTy
EVEN SEX STUFF is fair game
Yes! Sex stuff!
AND SHE CAN TELL YOU EVERYTHING IN RETURN
Though you really don’t need to know the deets about dad, so she keeps it to herself.
YOU’RE COMPLETELY WEIRDED OUT BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T GET YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOM
Really, why aren't you friends with your mom?
most of all, YOU KNOW THERE’S NOTHING your mom WON’T DO TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE HAPPY
Even if it's pretty much impossible.
BECAUSE SHE'S THE ABSOLUTE BEST
and you're so proud to call her your best friend
I love you, Mom!