I know a lot of adults who say that they don’t really have a best friend. I don’t know if they think a best friend is something for children. I feel badly for people who don’t have a best friend, though, because I’ve got two!
Today is my best friend, Nate’s, birthday. We’ve known each other for 20 years and have been friends for 19 of those years (we got off to a rough start). I love him like a brother and I think he would agree that both of our lives have been blessed because of our friendship.
So in honor of Nate’s birthday, here are some nerdy best friends.
Han and Chewie
Who wouldn’t want a Wookiee as a best friend? I can’t imagine Han ever feared for his safety when rolling with Chewie. I have some very tall and imposing friends; I am much more courageous when walking with them. I like Han and Chewie’s friendship because they’re not afraid to be honest with each other. Chewie doesn’t hold back when he thinks that Han is making a mistake by abandoning the Rebellion and Han has all sorts of hairy insults for Chewie. They can be honest with each other, though, because of the depth of their friendship.
Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher
I don’t know if Troi and Crusher were best friends because they enjoyed each other’s company or simply by default. I wonder if it was difficult for them to be the only female members of the Enterprise’s senior staff or if gender roles and concerns had faded away by the 24th century. Either way, I enjoyed both of them as characters and their interactions on the show. Regardless of the century, relationships between female friends and male friends are different. The interactions my wife has with her friends are vastly different from my interactions with my friends. In a world full of male captains and android operations officers, I appreciated that The Next Generation gave us a female perspective on the future.
Beast and Iceman
As a junior high boy, I was in love with Jean Grey. Looking back now, though, I would have rather been Beast or Iceman. Scott Summers had to go through a lot of drama with his girlfriend/wife constantly dying, coming back to life, dying again and becoming the Goblin Queen. Beast and Iceman lived less complicated lives than any of their original X-Men teammates, including Angel who became one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. Beast and Iceman pretty much just got to hang out with each other and crack wise. Sure Beast turned into a blue furball and Iceman became one of the world’s most powerful mutants, but at least they had a friend who didn’t die or get metal wings of death.
God created us to be in relationships. I’m thankful that I have two best friends in my life who I know will be there for me no matter what. Even if I joined up with the Rebellion or grew an unusually large amount of blue fur, they would still be there for me.
Who are some of your favorite nerdy best friends?