They were better friends THEN--I think because I didn't have sexual/romantic relationships, our friendships were very intense & meaningful. My friendships now are not as good, but I'm only superficially friends with my childhood friends, now.
My childhood friends were all b*tches! They only liked me until they met someone better. Then they all excluded me from their reindeer games. My new friends are SO much better, they would never do that, they accept me.
I've known my best friend for over 30 years. I've known my other best friend for almost 10 years. They are both really good people who are caring and understanding.