We wonder: What qualities make a bosom buddy?

We wonder: What qualities make a bosom buddy?


“I believe loyalty, honesty and a great sense of humor are three of the most important qualities in a bosom buddy. Can’t have a friendship without them in my book.”

 — Heather Adessa

Owner, Makeup by Heather A., Mamaroneck resident


“A best friend should be loyal, honest, fun and most importantly, they should be someone that you can truly be yourself around. You should never feel like you need to impress a best friend, because a true friend loves you no matter your flaws.  And you can absolutely have more than one.”

—Madelyn Bader

Public relations coordinator, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, White Plains, New York City resident


“A best friend can be counted on, without hesitation, to be there to support you, encourage you and also to set you straight when you are off course.  She is always in your heart, always has your best interests in mind and allows you to be your truest self.  No matter how much time has passed, you can pick up with the same intensity and intimacy—right where you left off– and how comforting it is to know that your shared history gives you the freedom not to have to explain…anything.”

— Stacy Bass

Stacy Bass Photography, Westport


“A best friend is one who can give you an unbiased perspective when you need advice, whether for a personal or business matter, or just knowing what to wear to that special event.  No matter how long since you’ve last talked or had face time, the spirit between you never dies but, in fact, lifts you up — every time.  When crises arise, they will be the first to hear from you. They know what to say in good times and in bad.”

—Susan Dumont-Bengston

Principal and owner, Marketing Edge, Ridgefield, Ridgefield resident


“A true bosom buddy is thoughtfully honest, while any judgment comes with support. She is trustworthy and loyal, keeping your secrets secret. She is the person you know will be by your side, sitting in the rocking chair, on the side porch, with a glass of lemonade when you’re 80.”

Kendra Charisse Porter

Founder and image consultant at Honor You in Hartsdale, Hartsdale resident


“A bosom buddy is the friend that you can tell all your most embarrassing stories to and know that they will use every opportunity they can to humiliate you with that knowledge.  She laughs the loudest at your jokes then tells you how unfunny you are.  She tells you you’re beautiful when you’re having a bad image day and makes you laugh when you’re feeling depressed. You fight passionately, hang up on each other and then apologize over ice cream and a chick flick. But above all else, a true bosom buddy knows exactly who you are and loves you anyway.”

— EJ Flynn

Patient coordinator, Gentle Touch Dentistry in Harrison, Mamaroneck resident


“The qualities that make a true bosom buddy are simple:  They are the one person you laugh hardest with, they are the one person you can cry with. When you are weak, they are strong and vice versa. They are the one person who is there for you without ever asking them.”

— Alison Friedricks

Owner and partner, Friedricks Interiors, Chappaqua residence


“My bosom buddy is someone I have known for more than 30 years, who knows me inside and out.  She is a fantastic listener, makes me laugh, and understands me in good times and bad, even though we don’t see each other that often anymore. And, working at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the past four years, I have seen bosom buddies of a different kind. Patients who share the experience of fighting cancer form deep bonds that can transcend that of a lifetime of friendship.”

— Barbara Gallagher

Senior campaign director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter, New Rochelle resident


“A bosom buddy is a friend who tells you when your jeans are giving you a muffin top and offers to be your workout partner.  A bosom buddy is also someone who tells you when you have lipstick on your teeth or when the lipstick you are wearing is not the most flattering shade.  I always recommend that my brides bring a good friend with them to their makeup trial, so they get honest feedback on how their makeup should look on their wedding day.”

— Meredith Hayman

Professional makeup artist in Yorktown, Yorktown resident


“When you are down and out, and nobody loves you; when you fall so low, when you’ve lost all you good friends and have nowhere to go; when nobody knows you; when you’re down and out. in your pocket, not one penny; and as for friends, you don’t have any; your bosom buddy is still by your side.”

—Frank Matheis

Director of corporate marketing communications, Curtis Instruments, Inc., Mount Kisco, Pawling resident





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