I have had a few best friends over the years; and a couple friends that I can really call my best friend now. I had a childhood best friend, Susan, who lives out of state now; but we still e-mail and keep in contact. I had an adolescent/high school/college best friend, Nikki, who I did everything with, shared everything with, got into all kinds of trouble with and learned a lot with. Over the years, we have sort of lost touch, although we still talk periodically and we really are trying to get together soon.
My two best friends now are Blondie and Brunette (remember when I talked about them HERE)….. and today I am going to tell you about Blondie (not sure if she would want me to use her name on here).
We met about 6 years ago… her husband and Joe (and I) worked together (this is before they started their own company together) and they had all been friends with each other since college. Joe and I had just recently started hanging out and he finally brought me “out” with HIS friends. We went to a UCF football game, and I knew she would be there. I was a little nervous because even though Joe and I weren’t officially dating yet, I still wanted his friends to like me. We hit it off right away…. I remember we were eating hot boiled peanuts and talking about how good they were.
Over the years, we began talking more and more…. And after she had her first child, we became even closer. I was with her for most of her labor until she had to get a c-section; and then my mom went to visit her the next morning in the hospital (one of the only times they got to talk before my mom died). Our daughters have always been very close, so we would see each other often. Then she had her second daughter and I remember going to the hospital everyday during post-partum and sitting/talking with her for hours. And then her Dad died….. I believe I was a “help” to her during that time. I believe that through my experience of losing my mom, I was able to help her understand her feelings.
The real crazy thing is that we pretty much have opposite views on politics, yet we NEVER argue about it and can still be civil about it, if it ever comes up.
As the years have gone by, and the kids are getting older, we have been able to go out and do more stuff alone. Of course we still have play dates/swim dates with the kids; but it is nice to also go out and just “whoop it up” (and that we do). We have gone on quite a few vacations together… both with our men and just alone. Actually, our first girls trip together was to the Bahamas; and what an awesome time we had!! We have been to many, many concerts together too, as we have the exact same taste in music. We both love football and actually have in depth conversations about the players and games.
Now, we pretty much talk every day, sometimes twice a day. As a matter of fact, lately we’ve gotten into the habit of a “morning call”, where as soon as we are both in the car, we’ll call each other and chat until we both get to work. It is a great start to the day, as we can laugh or vent or whatever we need to get off our chests.
I cherish her friendship very much. It is so good to have a friend who you can trust and who shares a lot of common interests. I am so glad she came into my life!!