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When we heard the news that Monica Geller (whoops, Courteney Cox) was Rachel Green’s (er, Jennifer Aniston’s) maid of honor at her super-secret wedding, we got a little choked up, OK?

In honor of their 21-year Friends-ship, here are ten things they taught us.

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It’s ok for a true friend to crash...indefinitely

Question: Did Rachel ever pay rent?

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You can be yourself around them

Awkward dance moves, chain belts and vertical bangs included.

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You’re always on the same team

Except momentarily when you lose your joint apartment in a bet.

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A real friend is your safety net

Or your emergency contact. Or your insurance-fraud conspirer. Or your voice of reason when insurance-fraud conspiring goes wrong.

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They see your lowest point--and join you

Wedding dresses and beers it is.

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They know how to protect your feelings

Mmm…beef-and-peas trifle.

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They trust your expertise

It’s all in the listening.

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Real friends make each other laugh

Even when you’re right in the middle of stress-cleaning.

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Real friends make each other cry

Like when you announce, “Now I have to live with a boyyy.”

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They’re pros at cheering you on

'Cause they’re there for you. (Sorry, we had to.)

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