“Besties forever” is a phrase we often use as kids. However, as we mature and responsibilities increase, many of us lose track of our friends who were the most important part of our lives once upon a time. While many of us are struggling to keep up these friendships, two grandmothers have proved it is not impossible. Their story is the ultimate evidence of true friendship.
According to BBC, Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville met when they were both just 11-years-old. They sat next to each other on the first day of term in 1941 at the Ravenshead School in Nottingham. Since then, the two childhood buddies have remained in each other’s lives. No matter what responsibilities or schedules came by, the two were inseparable.
Olive and Kathleen even found their partners and raised their children and grandchildren just streets apart. They spent their entire adulthood in Mansfield, Notts. Kathleen got married to Leonard but became a widow when he passed away after being together for 35 years. Olive, on the other hand, lost her husband, Roy in 2004. She has two grown-up daughters along with five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Through all these tragic and happy moments, Olive and Kathleen had each other. No matter what their friendship blossomed and still continues.
89-Year-Old BFFs Moved Into The Same Care Home Together
Olive and Kathleen are the definition of friendship goals.
After losing their partners, the two grandmothers decided to move into the same care home. The 89-year-olds are now residents of the Berry Hill Park care home and have no plan of leaving each other’s side any soon. “We knew we would always be friends when I met Olive. She means a lot to me,” said Kathleen to Mirror. The two have nothing but good things to talk about each other and their evergreen friendship. “We are 89 but we look 63. We have been good friends and never fallen out. We are still good looking. We have never argued over anything. Olive’s a good friend. If I needed her she would always be there,” said the Kathleen.
Meanwhile, Olive said her best friend is her antidote to any dull moments in her life. “She is jolly and a good laugh and we don’t argue. If I’m unhappy or in trouble, I only have to go to Kathleen and we’ll always end up laughing.”
For Olive and Kathleen, their friendship is so important that they look forward to carrying it beyond their earthy lives. “If Olive goes first she’ll come back to fetch me. We’re going to be friends in heaven,” said Kathleen.
Though in their later years, nothing has stopped the two friends from involving in mischief. Sally Tebbett, home manager at Berry Hill Park says that the two can never stop giggling and reveals they love mischief. “The sparkle is still there. They are full of mischief. Kathleen is a proper flirt and has her lippy on every day. She says ‘if you have got it, flaunt it.’ Olive is a bit more reserved but they egg each other on. They never stop chatting and giggling. It’s so endearing, they genuinely love each other and you can see that.”
However, the grannies don’t seem to agree on their mischievous side. “We don’t cause any trouble in the home, but we sometimes have to knock the staff into shape,” says Kathleen.