Some child free friends drifted away after I had my daughter. Others stuck around. In all cases we didn't see each other as frequently, but a good friend can still be worht their weight in gold.
I recently asked a friend to pick up my child for a work commitment I couldn't adjust. I feel a little sheepish asking on short notice, because usually I try to pull a sitter or a friend with kids in the school but her answer was "I've always got your back on that, no worries".
Which reminds me that good friends really do have your back, in many situations. I've written her recommendations to assist her on her ever more stellar career path, been there for the tough times, and she is now there for me.
And really, I'm thinking, I need to remember more often, this is how life is supposed to work.