So I was reading a nice long excerpt from Mindy Kaling’s new book just now, and I just kept reading and reading, because it was so good, and forgot that I was supposed to be blogging. But then I came across her list of “best friend rights and responsibilities,” and they really resonated with me, so I thought I should post some of my favorite ones here:
I can borrow all your clothes.
We sleep in the same bed
If we’re on a trip or if our boyfriends are away, and there’s a bed bigger than a twin, we’re partnering up. It is super weird for us to not share a bed. How else will we talk until we fall asleep?
I must be 100% honest about how you look, but gentle
I can ditch you, within reason.
I will take care of your kid if you die.
I will nurse you back to health.
I will try to like your boyfriend at least five times.
As per Mindy Kaling’s guidelines, I will often fall asleep in my friends’ beds. (Do they want me there? Who knows! Once I’m sleeping, it’s best not to try to move me, for I may react violently if I don’t immediately wake up all the way.) I’m not saying I cuddle with them, because I think that would be weird. But there is something really nice about sharing a bed with a platonic friend that’s totally different from what goes on when I’m sharing a bed with a sexual partner. It makes me feel like I’m a little kid again, having a sleepover, only this sleepover is better because it involves adult beverages and probably a disturbing movie directed by David Lynch. In other words, it’s everything my little kid imagination (pre-liking boys) hoped my adult life would be, and more.
Do you do this, too? Answer in the poll below. Also, check out excerpts from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? over at Scribd.