Skype and Keeping Friends Close


There’s nothing quite like growing up with a best friend. A best friend is someone you can share your secrets with. She is someone who will be honest and tell you that new hairdo really isn’t your best look. She is also someone who will laugh at your bad jokes. She’ll be the one to hold you and let you know it’s going to be okay when your heart is breaking over that guy you dated for a whole two weeks. I had a best friend growing up. She lived in the house next door, and we were an inseparable pair. I’ll never forget how devastating it was when she moved to the other side of the state when we were both fourteen years old. I felt like I lost a piece of me on that day.

Skype and Keeping Friends Close

My best friend and I kept in close touch for a while, but then life happened and we drifted apart. We both got busy with high school, sports, and new friends. We lost touch for quite a few years, but when we reconnected it was like we hadn’t skipped a beat. Technology has made it easier for us to share each other’s joys and heartaches. I’ve been able to watch her kids grow up and get to know them through Skype. Although it’s not the same as living next door to each other, it certainly is the next best thing.

I recently watched this video that got me to thinking about my own best friend, and how we’ve managed to stay close all these years. It’s about a girl named Julia and her best friend Marina who lives in Brazil. Julia is a 10 year old girl who, in her own words, is an “LA girl and a Brazilian all slammed together.” She loves to dance, sing and read, but most of all, she loves to talk for hours and hours with her best friend and Brazilian cousin, Marina. Right on the verge of their teenage years, they talk about everything, from boys to fashion to their favorite celebrities. And despite being different ages and in different countries, their ability to keep in touch lets them grow up together and stay best friends forever.

This video is just so sweet. Do you have a friendship like the one Julia has with Marina?

I bet you have a story of keeping friends or family close to share. Check out these stories and submit your own at Skype Stay Together. One winner will be chosen at the end of July to be featured as the 4th Stay Together documentary and will also receive a $10,000 travel voucher to visit their family.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.

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  1. Great story! It is so amazing the technology we have today. I use Skype very often with my daughter and some of my friends far away Skype comes in handy.

  2. I have moved so many times over the years and cried so many times over leaving dear friends that I have learned to wall myself off from getting too close. That’s not really a good thing, but it’s a protective guard I’m having trouble shaking loose.

  3. My 82 year old dad uses Skype to talk to his son who lives 1000 miles away. It has been a big blessing to him and our family. Skype is amazing!!

  4. Skype is so awesome!! Staying in touch with friends and family who are far away has never been easier. I love that we live in a digital world. I am definitely going to check out that contest. Thanks for sharing!

  5. We use Skype for my son to talk to his grandparents and it is so awesome.

  6. We used Skype to talk to my daughter when she was 600 miles away. I love Skype!

  7. Skype is great! We used it to keep in touch with my brother who was partway across the country.

  8. I have to get back on the Skype train a bit. We’ve been using FaceTime on our phones and Google+ to keep in touch with family and friends. I did use Skype all the time when I was deployed last year. It was a life-saver.

  9. Ah, I just love all of these stories!

  10. Nice to hear you and your best friend stayed close. I had a close friend several years back and then we moved and it’s been hard keeping in touch ever since. Skype has been a wonderful thing for when my husband deploys though. It’s great that my kids and I can still see him even though he’s so far away.

  11. I love that Skype has made it so easy to keep in touch with family and friends

  12. Skype has been a lifesaver on this summer trip, we have been able to keep in touch with family face to face.

  13. Skype will be a daily (hopefully) thing at our house when my daughter heads off to college!

  14. Skype will always be close to my heart! When my husband joined the military we were separated for 2 years straight. Skype was the only way he got to see our kids grow up during those two years. Skype was the only way my kids got to see and talk to their daddy. We were also stationed in Germany at this time, while the husband was in Iraq. So Skype was also the only way we were able to keep in touch with our family back in the US, and for the kids to see their grandparents and the grandparents to see the kids. We LOVE Skype

  15. Skype is such an integral part of relationships these days and being able to connect face to face. You miss out on that when just talking on the phone.

  16. How sweet. My best friend and I have tried to stay close since I moved six years ago, but it can be hard to stay connected. Skype sure helps with that!

  17. I need to download skype. Everyone has it.

  18. I haven’t used Skype yet, but I have some international credit on it, so I really should download it and try it out.

  19. Love Skype! That’s how my son gets to see his grandparents in between visits!

  20. Skype is a BIG thing in our home, too.. we use it to call family, friends, and grandparents in Germany all the time.. BEST thing EVER!!!!

  21. Michelle says:

    I miss my bestie and we just started to skype. Why haven’t we dne this all along?! In love with it!!!

  22. I love sweet stories like this!! And Skype means penpals can be brought to a whole new level :)

  23. What a great story. Skype is awesome and so much better than the phone if you are missing someone!!

  24. I use Skype to keep in touch with my mom who lives in the next state. It’s not that far away but I still like to “see” my mom as much as possible!

  25. I wish I Skype was around when I was moving around as a kid. I would have loved to keep in touch with friends.

  26. I use Skype all the time, it is such a great way to keep in touch with family members who live so far away.

  27. we love skype so much in our family! we used the heck out of it when the hubby was deployed overseas!

  28. I absolutely love Skype! It’s great for staying in touch with out of town family and friends!

  29. We love to keep in touch with our far away family through Skype – we don’t have family in our state, so it’s important to touch base and “see” each other regularly!

  30. We love using skype to connect with our family! Makes it so much easier for my mom to be a part of her grandkids lives.

  31. I love skype, and truthfully, all technology we have these days! My favorite skype stories are the ones where the deployed father can be in the delivery room (via skype) while his baby is born. Amazing how far we’ve come.

  32. I love that whenever I get together with old friends it is like no time has passed. And it’s amazing how today’s technology allows us to be so connected even when far apart.

  33. JJ Caraway says:

    I love Skype because it allows me to stay in touch with my son, daughter and the grandchildren. I am able to be apart of them growing up.

  34. I like to Skype with my mom. I’m in Louisiana and she’s up in VA, comes in handy. I like her to be able to see the kids in action.

  35. Donna Martin says:

    Skype is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family

  36. Donna Martin says:

    Skype is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family..

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