I am in sailing lessons. Two of my three classmates are sisters, 17 and 15.
When they found out I was 27 they were floored.
"Wow! I can't believe someone who's ten years older can be fun and be a friend!"
I felt such sympathy for her. My entire life I've befriended people older and younger than me. As a child I adored my 70 year old neighbor and played with my 50 yo' neigbor's step-grandchildren who were 8 years younger.
Although they are not intimate friends I consider the two young girls I tutor my friends, and they're 10 and 8. I also very much consider my friend X a good friend even though he has kids 7 years older than me and is in his 60's. I have always had an easy time making friends. Of my best friends one is 4 years yonger, one is 6 years older, one is 13 years older, (sister of the only friend who is also my exact age) the other is 18 years older. Even my boyfriend is 5 years older. The co-worker I get along best with is 6 years older. I don't see anything wrong with that. Infact, it seems to be better...less stagnat, more variety.
Even my college roomate is 2 years younger. I only know one person who's birthday is in my same year, nevermind anything else.
I tend to be introverted and befriend people I 'fit' with....or friends of friends where they'res already an established bond that I can slowly piggyback on.
Anyone else find this mind boggling?
And how can I help my young friend learn that people who are +/- her age aren't boring stiffs?