The paper discusses the development of friendships, one during the childhood phase and one during adolesence

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Sometimes I wonder how my life would be without my best friend Arpita. After meeting her my freshmen year in high school and going through so much together, even the fact that we presently haven't seen each other for seven months doesn't mean our friendship has waned in anyway. I know that as soon as we meet we will start of where we left of and not skip a step. But what exactly is it that we have that makes us feel so close to one another? The union that I have with my best friend as well as other friends is one built on trust and loyalty where there is a certain type of love present between individuals. This love can be called care-love and is thought to be exhibit concern for the wellbeing of someone. There doesn't have to be a traditional relationship in care-love, such as a boyfriend/girlfriend or spousal one, merely enough similarities that an individual may be able to relate to someone or something he is caring for loveably.

The development of a friendship relationship can be observed in distinct stages. These stages will change according to the age the friendship forms. To understand this better I will discuss two friendships that I had during my life. The first is with my childhood friend Anthony and the second with my best friend Arpita.

My childhood was spent growing up in a very small town in Southern New Jersey. This small knit community allowed me to have a very close group of friends, but out of this group one person and grew the closet, this was Anthony. I was 8 years old and in the third grade, the two of us lived in the same neighborhood community, but met in school and became friends...