There is something about friends who have known you for a long time. They aren’t impressed. You can’t pretend. You can’t hide behind a practiced adult persona. They know. They have seen you in your social awkwardness. They witnessed your adolescent tactlessness and clumsy sins. You can't hide and there is something very freeing about that.
We are older now--women who have experienced enough of the ups and downs of life to mellow.