Hopefully we are all lucky enough to experience the joy of friendship. Friends come in all forms, from the type of friend you just say hello to every morning on your way to work, to the people in your life who you can call at any hour of the day or night when you need someone to talk to.
Friends come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. I'm sure you still remember your grade school friends who you may not even talk to anymore, or haven't even talked to in decades. That's the impact that friends have on us, whether they are big or small.
When it comes to friends, there is no greater friend than your best friend. Your best friend is your number one buddy who just gets you like no one else does. This story is about two best friends who have stuck together for decades. Now they live in the same retirement home together.
Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville, Friends for Over 70 Years
Imagine getting to spend your entire life with your best friend? That sounds like something out of a fantasy movie. The tragic reality is that as we get older, we lose more and more friends. It's just the nature of life. We get busy, people disappear, or other people come into our lives. That isn't the case for two 89 year old beast friends, Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville. They have been friends since they were eleven years old. The two of them got along well because they had the same sense of humor. Decades later and they are still laughing together. It just goes to show that some friendships definitely can last forever.
What's even more incredible about these two is that they are living the dream of living in the same care home together.
First Saville Moved In, Then Woodward
The two of them are definitely a couple of jokesters. Saville spoke with SWNS and said, "We don't cause any trouble ... but we sometimes have to knock the staff into shape. I just raced one of the managers down the hallway for a laugh." The pair live in Berry Hill Park in Mansfield, England. Saville has lived there since 2018, but her best friend, Woodward, only started living there one month ago. Both of them are widows and have rooms on the same floor. That means they are constantly together.
Woodward explained how she came to live there. "When Kathleen moved into the home, I missed her and I used to go and see her every Saturday for lunch. Then I thought, 'Why don't I move in too?' If I'm unhappy or in trouble, I only have to go to Kathleen and we'll always end up laughing."
Other than giving the staff grief, the two of them enjoy one of their favorite activities: getting dressed up together. Saville joyfull explained how they spend their time saying, "I'm so glad Olive is here now, we're like giggling school girls and we still put on our lippy and get dressed up. We always say to each other, 'If you've got it, flaunt it." Sally Tebbett is a home care manager at the facility who describes Saville as a flirt and Woodward as more reserved. "The sparkle is still there. They are full of mischief. They never stop chatting and giggling. It's so endearing, they genuinely love each other and can see that."
The two of them plan on having a forever-friendship. "If Olive goes first, she'll come back to fetch me. We're going to be friends in heaven."
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