Once upon a time, there were three friends, Meggy, Shelly, and Debbie (all English speaking in France).
Debbie and Shelly were (not close) friends, who met as mommy friends, through their childrens' activities.
Shelly knew Meggy from elsewhere, and Debbie knew Meggy from elsewhere, too.
Meggy and Shelly went on walks together (with the dog) and went to church together sometimes, too. They watched football matches together (European football for the clueless...) and passionately rooted for their home teams. They had other common friends that Debbie didn't know, and some that she did know.
Debbie and Meggy went on long walks together too, with the dog, and had passionate discussions about THINGS over tea, sometimes sitting together quietly and reading, each in her own corner, not speaking for several minutes.
Sometimes Debbie and Meggy and Shelly all got together for tea and a chat and/or a walk (with the dog, of course).
And sometimes, Debbie, Meggy, and Shelly got all of their families together for a film night, potluck dinner together (with DVD's. FREE, you know...).
When Meggy moved out of town, Debbie and Shelly kind of stopped seeing each other.
Things weren't the same.
How about a H2O analogy ?
Meggy was the oxygen atom, Debbie and Shelly were two hydrogen atoms.
While Meggy was there, the whole thing stuck together, but when Meggy cut it and ran, POOF went the relationship between Shelly and Debbie...
On second thought... WHO was the oxygen atom... Meggy or... THE DOG ??
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