Childhood best friends often make pledges to stay friends for life and although it comes with the the most sincere of intentions, some friendships naturally drift apart over time. Naima Souissi and Saida Chehbouni were best friends throughout college and were even pregnant with their daughters at the same time.
The two of them were inseparable but life circumstances pulled them in different directions as Jannatipour’s family relocated from Canada to Irvine, California while Pencheikh’s family moved to northern Virginia. Being 2,000 miles away from each other on different coasts, the friends drifted apart. However, when their daughters met in college 16 years later, the friends were about to be brought back together.
In 2016, their daughters, Nissma Bencheikh and Roaya Jannatipour, met when they were both freshmen at the University of Berkley, California. Bencheikh said of their meeting, “We hit it off right away, we’re both pre-med, both Canadian, both Moroccan.” The two quickly became best friends and decided to move in together in sophomore year which is when they made the unbelievable discovery.
Bencheikh recalled “I was FaceTiming with my mom in my room, and I thought I’d bring her out to meet Nissma’s dad,” she continued “They talked for only a few minutes … but in that time span we realized that not only were they neighbors, but our moms were actually best friends 16 years ago.” The girls were even more surprised to find out that they had actually been best friends as babies with their mothers snapping their play dates. Bencheikh then said “This is insane. How often do you find out that one of your best friends as a young adult you actually have baby pictures with that you don’t even remember?”
As it turned out, their mothers had been trying to find each other on Facebook with no success. However, when the new connection was made, they were delighted. Bencheikh asserted “a best friend is a best friend even when 16 years pass.” Jannatipour added “when you have such a deep profound connection with somebody, that’s something no one ever wants to lose … so being able to rekindle that … it’s just going to be very sentimental for them.”
Naima Souissi and Saida Chehbouni recently met up in New York City after 16 years, crying and embracing each other. Souissi said “I missed you so much.” Chehbouni’s feeling were reciprocated as she said that Soussi will always be “my best friend and my family.” This mother and daughters best friend bond looks to be going nowhere.