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Parent Participation: Friendship Stories 

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This month, we feature best-buddy photos and interviews in "Friends Forever." Below, find a few more sweet friendship stories submitted by parents.

I could not help but think of my daughter, Isabelle, and her best friend, Catherine. When we bought our first home in South Hero, we knew no one. Isabelle was 18 months old and is an only child. When we needed a new daycare, Catherine's mom, Heather, opened a new in-home daycare. Izzy and Cat quickly became inseparable. Through their special friendship, Heather and I have become best friends. For the first time in my life, I feel like I have made a lifelong best friend myself.
—Gina McClain

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My friend and I each have sixth-grade girls who have been wonderful friends since age 3 and second-grade boys who have been best buds since infancy! Even after my friend's family moved to New York for four years, the kids remained friends, and when they moved back to Vermont two years ago, they picked up where they left off! The girls both share a love of horses, and the boys love winter sports and tae kwon do!
—Beth Friesen

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The first friendship that comes to mind is my daughter Stella and her friend, Greta, who spent their days together here in our home from their toddler days until kindergarten. Now they are in first grade at different schools, but any time they get together, it's as though they were never apart. My son, Henry, is 9. I love his bond with my dad. They text, call each other and plan fun days together. It's a wonderful bond that fills both of their hearts, and mine! And lastly, my best friend is Hannah O'Brien. Our kids, all five of them together, are the "O'Brarretts." They are closer than friends; they are more like siblings! They tease, they taunt, and they LOVE!
—Honi Bean Barrett


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