11 Signs You Are The 'Grandma Friend' Of The Friend Group

11 Signs You Are An Absolute Grandma In Heart And Soul, If Not Age

The older are wiser.

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When people categorize themselves in their friend groups, they're often the mom friend or the dad friend. The mom is the helicopter, looking out for their friends' well-being. The dad makes corny jokes and goofs off. But what if you don't identify with either of these types? Looking a generation above them to the grandma type is where I found my spirit.

If you're wondering if you're a grandma too, here are some things that you probably do.

1. You’re not up-to-date on the hip lingo.

Back in your day, floss was something you put between your teeth, not a cool dance move.

2. You’re in bed by 11:00 p.m. most nights.

Or even earlier if your day was especially taxing.

3. You wake up super early.

I'm usually up and ready by 7:30, which is much earlier than my other friends.

4. You eat your meals early.

6 p.m. is just too late for dinner.

5. Your friends have to help you write your Instagram captions because you don’t know how to sound “cool.”

"Can you read my caption before I post it? Will my followers 'get' it?"

6. Your purse is full of all sorts of essentials you almost never need.

Cough drops, mints, hand sanitizer, chap stick, and bandages, among other things.

7. In the winter, you’re always sure to dress warm.

You always wear your warmest sweater and big winter coat on the chilly days.

8. Your ideal evening plans involve staying in and reading a book over hot chocolate.

How could partying and drinking possibly be more fun than a warm drink and a good book?

9. You’re always there to offer your friends advice.

Whenever your friends need a listening ear or some direction in life, you're the one they come to.

10. You’re very early to everything.

Your motto is "early is on time, on time is late, and late is very late."

11. You always ask your friends if they’ve had enough to eat when you’re hosting.

Even if they insist they're full, you'll still offer second helpings, extra dessert, and top off their glass.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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To My Best Friend Of 15 Years

You are my person.

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To my person,

I will never forget the first day that we met. It was the first day of preschool and my mom had just dropped me off. As I started to walk into the classroom I noticed that you were sitting alone on the floor crying. Not sure what to do, I went over to you and asked if you wanted to go play. Your face immediately lit up as we walked into the classroom and in that moment I knew that you would become my best friend. Ever since that day we've been attached by the hip and I wouldn't want it any other way.

April Roberson

Our friendship is the one true relationship that I can count on and for that I am forever grateful. This friendship of ours goes beyond our laughs and lake days. It's real. Through blood, sweat, and tears you've always been right by my side no matter what. You pick me up when I am drowning in pain. You cheer for me even when my ego is a little too high. You love me even when you should hate me. But, most importantly, you stand by me.

Our friendship is the perfect example of trust. You taught me that the right people can be trusted and will not betray you. No matter how dark the secret or how crazy the adventure, you never speak a word about me to anyone. You care about protecting my heart from the awful things in this world and when I am broken you are always there to pick up the pieces no matter how long it takes them to heal.

April Roberson

Our friendship has been a lifetime of happiness with a little bit of spunk. Not only do you encourage my crazy adventures, but you're always right by my side for each one. You keep life exciting and you make it easy. You are a true gift from God and I feel completely indebted to you for the role that you've played in my life. Our friendship is so special because it's full of our tremendous amounts of giving, sharing, and most importantly, love. There's not a day that goes by when I don't feel overwhelmingly thankful to have you by my side doing life with me.

So thank you, to my person. Thank you for always showing up for every little thing and making life so much better. Thank you for being my adventure inspiration and my lifelong travel buddy. Thank you for loving me unconditionally through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lastly, thank you for being the one person that I can forever count on in this life time. I love you with my whole heart and I wouldn't want to do life with anyone else. You are my person.

Love,

Me

April Roberson

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