When a person makes a special friend when they are a child, that is a childhood friend. This person is so unique and if it is cherished and nurtured in both the people's lives, becomes the best friend in life. Through all the good and bad events of life, this person seems to be there to help in some way. The reciprocal is true going to that person from you as well. In person you might not be close to this childhood friend at all times, but the communication continues in spite of miles. This is a person when you are with them; it seems like you have been in their company forever without interruptions.
Fleeting friends come into your life when you really need what that friend is willing to give you. If you are the fleeting friend, you absolutely know you are needed in this circumstance. That event might be hours, months, years or any amount of time. Fleeting does not mean the person is not important, because they are so special in that time frame and so vital to life of both the giver of that time and the person receiving that fleeting friend. Fleeting friends quite often have many areas of strength and will be moving on when you are strong in the areas that person plugged into your life.
Male friends are quite often called boy friends just because of their sex. If you break down those words you find it is a boy and a friend. Society has put different connotations on boy friends, but the words still ring true for many people. Men call their male friends "men friends" and not boy friends. Girls do not say boy friends without someone thinking their is an intimate underlying hold on that person saying "boy friends". When a woman says gentleman friend or male friend the BOY FRIEND words seem different to the ears of the person listening and knowing the true meaning of those labels.
Girl friend is spread around and now even women call their special lady friend "girl friend". As with boy friend, girl friend is only a label of a female friend and association. Sometimes many people still refer girl friend to an intimate connection to the person calling a person a girl friend. Sometimes people do not know the sex of the girl and call them Girl Friend with a little inclination of their emphasis on Girl. With many transgender men transferring their lives into female sexes, the girl friend has become a tongue in cheek collection of words for some so the MAN is accepted as a female.
You probably have had some rain and shine friends in your life. On the times when you ask this friend for a special need in your life, they are busy and don't come to your rescue. The shine comes when they turn around and ask for your help. If you are the steady good and responsible person and good friend, you pitch in for them. Time and time again this rain and shine friend keeps the same activities going and coming for you. Sooner or later, most people realize the give, give one way action and nothing coming into their lives from this person. There are years that can go by with this rain and shine friend if it is not realized sooner.
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