29 April 2022
Renate (left) and Vicky (right).
Life-long friendships start from lightning-in-a-bottle moments – with people in the right place at the right time.
Renate and Vicky’s friendship began the same way and, 45 years on, is still a huge part of their lives.
“We lived on the same street and our kids played together, so we would also spend time together,” Renate said. “We’ve done a lot together.”
The two, who live in Junction’s inner southern suburbs, can recount a whole lifetime of memories.
Having raised their children together, worked together and played various sports together, Renate and Vicky have lived full lives ‘in each other’s pockets’.
“We can read each others’ faces now,” Vicky said.
“There are times I won’t need to say anything. I’ll just give her a look and she’ll know what I’m trying to say.”
“If she loses her keys, I’ll be the only one who knows where she’s put them,” Renate added.
Together, they have also extended their friendship to others in their neighbourhood, including a young man with a traumatic past.
“I met Michael on one of my morning walks. We just said hello to each other, and it grew from there.” Renate said. “He lives with his carers, so he lights up whenever we spend time together.”
Having taken Michael under their wing, they do all that they can to give him a sense of ‘normalcy’.
“Sometimes we help him out with things he needs. Other times, we just listen to him talk,” Renate said. “It’s about letting him know there are people that care. He really takes what we say on board too.”
Passers-by will often see them together, having a good chat and laugh.
“Renate will do anything for you. She’s always willing to give something up for someone else if needed,” Vicky said.
They both look forward to staying happy, healthy, and maintaining their friendships with those around them.