In this day an age we use big, abstract words like "love," "adore," and "swoon" to describe everything from a pair of shoes to a YouTube tutorial on how to make fried rice. Things grab our attention for 15 seconds, then we move on. But, it was love! Except it was a really brief love that probably won't make a lasting impression at all. Luckily we've evolved from the days of the MySpace "Top 8" friends list where we'd rank the people in our lives based on passing whims. Now we show "love" to strangers on the 'Gram and develop new types of friendships that may not even require you to even meet face-to-face, wear pants, or partake in those humdrum moments of traditional friendships like helping them move, or taking their cat to the vet! Win! Or is it?
Everyone needs someone in their corner. We all need a support system that we can call up for both the tedious tasks as well as exciting moments in our dramatic millennial lives! Call it what you want: tribe,community, bff, squad, crew; having a "day one" is essential. Here are 8 signs you've got a "day one" friend on your team. This is a person that's been with you through it all, and just like that mole on your left shoulder blade (that you oh-so lovingly refer to as a beauty mark) they're not going anywhere any time soon! Nor would you ever ask them to!
They know your government name
And they're not afraid to use it. They scoff about the nicknames you used in college while reinventing yourself for the 4th time. They know what your mom and dad call you-- middle name and all.
They call your parents "Mom" & "Dad"
They dropped the Mrs. Mr. act at least 15 years ago. No need for formalities! They were unofficially adopted 18 years ago, and they've been barging in the front door and the fridge ever since.
They know your house number by heart
Remember obnoxious, big plastic things that were attached to a landline and only had one ringer (or 4 versions of the same one)? Before the days of cell phones and whatsapp we had landlines... or house phones. Ask them if they still remember your number. If they do, keep this friend and never let them go. For our Gen Z readers, if they've got your cell phone number memorized, that's basically the same thing! Props!
They tell you when you've got food in your teeth
...Or something in your nose, or a wedgie... Basically, they're not going to have you out in these streets looking crazy. Niceties be damned, real friends only want the best for ya!
Only one call away
You'll call your day one at any time of day or night, and they'll answer! Call them at 3 a.m. if it's an emergency. After a few expletives, they'll listen and comfort you, then once you feel better, they'll curse you again, and send you on your merry way. Drunk dial at 5:30? No problem! They'll make sure you're ok, then record the convo for later use (read: blackmail).
They always get a takeaway plate from your house
It's not only assumed, it's expected that after any function involving food, they're taking something to go! It's not rude, you're basically feeding another member of your family. Your mom may even let them take a tupperware container home because everyone knows you'll see them again!
They'll tell you when you're funky
Both literally, and when your attitude needs to be checked. Other people may let it slide, but not a day one!
They turn into Liam Neeson when you introduce them to your sig other
Day ones get really protective over you when you bring someone else around, especially a girlfriend or boyfriend. This isn't to say that they're not happy for you! They simply threaten your romantic prospect, very clearly, so as to establish the fact that if they hurt you, there will be very serious consequences. I'm talking, Dexter levels of torture, not just un-following them on the Twitter.
If while reading this list you thought of someone in particular, congratulations! You've got someone in your corner that loves you to the moon and back! You're friends. Real friends. Now go, stop reading, and tell them thanks for always being there! They've put up with your eccentricities for years! You still ride with your day one, and they ride with you too!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.