... talk about intimate, embarrassing details without being embarrassed.
... give pedicures to friends with hooves for feet.
... go to the grocery store at midnight when a premenstrual friend is craving chocolate and doesn't want to go alone.
... don't get mad when you tell them that Krispy Kreme is open 'til midnight, and will be serving Hot Fresh Now, only to drive across town and discover that they close at 10 on Sundays.
... text message each other with reminders to "Renew your license today!" and "Did you remember to take your pill?"
... research what "fistula" means and spend time in prayer that it doesn't happen. (It didn't. YAY!)
... tell their friends when they screw up.
... don't get mad when a real friend tells them they screwed up.
... give each other nicknames.
... love and respect each other even when they're polar opposites.
... take pictures of your kids when you can't be there to do it yourself.
... want the best for you, even when it's not the best for them.
... clean and paint and pack each others' houses without hesitation.
... make you go out for coffee when you don't want to and make you glad you went.
... send emails that say, "It's snowing in Wyoming."
... pray for you even when you didn't ask them to.
... tell you when you have pepper in your teeth.
... have each others' back.
... laugh when you laugh and hurt when you hurt.
... aren't bound by distance or faith or status
... let you be real.