I love Friends. I love it so much, in fact, I wrote about how it continues to influence me in more ways than I even realize. (Or care to admit.)
If you clicked on this link, you probably love it too. Every episode holds a special place in each of our hearts.
But let’s be real here: The Thanksgiving episodes are where it’s at.
I don’t know why they’re the best, but they are. It’s just a fact.
The best of the best is arguably “The One With All the Thanksgivings.”
The other day, someone mentioned that the most foolproof chocolate chip cookie recipe is actually the most basic: The one you find on the back of a Nestlé chocolate morsels bag will always produce perfect cookies.
“Well, duh,” I thought. Everyone knows that.
But do they, though?
After some deep introspection, I realized something: Everything I know about chocolate chip cookies comes from Friends.
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If you are a person with family, friends, or colleagues, it’s likely that at some point you have either been or hosted a houseguest. Whether you are the host or the guest, you’re bound to learn a lot about yourself in these situations.
A few summers ago, I volunteered to spend several messy days atop a wobbly ladder repainting the entire interior of a house -- for free. A couple of years later, I volunteered to spend a tiresome afternoon setting up a nursery and what felt like a thousand-piece dresser for this same home -- for free.
Why on earth was I volunteering for all this free labor??? Because both times, my friends who owned the home promised me a free, home cooked meal as payment.
Looking back now, I realize my friends were geniuses.