A true friend doesn't come with obligation or guilt to remember birthdays or reciprocate social invitations. A true friend comes with the security and power of knowing that they love you always, celebrate your successes no matter what, and feel your heartbreaks deeply.
You miss the camaraderie you shared with the other parent. You now find yourself wondering if the relationship that felt so real was actually just one born out of convenience. Should you move on and let your mom-friendship continue to fray, or should you try to reclaim the relationship?
I know the drill. I pretend to be incredibly busy checking voicemail in order to avoid glancing her way as I briskly walk by. For a few minutes after seeing her, my heart beats rapidly and my hand trembles.