Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Girl's Best Friend

Recently my best friend and fellow blogger, Christine, began typing tributes on her blog to several of her closest friends all under the guise of gathering readers. What started somewhat as a joke, ended up turning into a really lovely expression of her heartfelt feelings for those she wrote about. And I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen! Now, she has turned the tables on us and asked us to write in her comment section about how we feel about her! I thought I would post mine here for all of you to read.

Chris and I have been friends since the 10th grade. What started as two girls chatting in Social Studies about boys, turned into the discovery of a lifelong friendship and sisterhood. Who would have thought that the cool girl (her) with the great jewelry and the funky haircut (very '80's -- short on one side, long on the other -- REALLY tough on us when we had lifesaving in gym class and did the hair pull technique...) would have anything in common with the prim and proper girl (me) with the tailored shirts and the ribbons tied in bows at the collar (I looked like a secretary when I was in the 10th grade...)? But something clicked and after a while we were inseparable. Obnoxiously so... We always had adventures - most of which I will not write on here - don't want to give my daughters any ideas! We'll tell our stories to our girls when they are older - 35? - and as we always do when we tell anyone our stories, we will laugh until we cry, and they will nod politely and look for the nearest exit.

We are fiercely loyal to each other, each of us holding grudges on behalf of the other one far past reasonably necessary. There are a couple of people out there that I have long since forgiven their transgressions against me, but they will forever be on Chris' "list!" There was a span of time that she was very quick with a specific finger in the car when that seemed to be called for ("Chrissy, finger!"), and another span of time where she was quick with a glass of water in the direction of whoever had wronged one of us. We both know each others secrets and dreams, we also can have conversations in shorthand -- we have this perfected to an art form!

I'll never forget my mother-in-law telling me that one of the most important relationships a woman can have is the relationship with her best friend. You can always lean on each other and get each other through life's ups and downs.

We have gone through some heartbreaking times together and cried rivers of tears. But we have also been there for each other during our most wonderful times - including the births of our daughters. And this wonderful friendship now includes our husbands and our daughters -- three little girls who love each other like family. And really, that's what we are -- family.

9 comments:

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

And check out the latest song I added to the top of my playlist! :)

Christine said...

You did not look like a secretary in the 10th grade......

Yeah, I can think of 2 people on my list for life for you. No matter what happens, they never come off....

That water thing was short lived after Sean got punched.

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

I looked very secretarial...

Just like the finger thing was short-lived after you did it to Michael! (And look at that -- I managed to get him on one of our blogs again!) ;)

Kristin said...

LOL I'm sure he'll appreciate it too! I'm sure he would say something like-'how did I get dragged into this AGAIN..."

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

I'm sure Michael appreciates being "one of the girls!" ;) Sorry I missed your call today -- dentist appointments! I hope you have a safe trip and a great time with the family - Happy Thanksgiving!!

Christine said...

He love it!!! You know he does!

Christine said...

Sweet song but I thought you would have put our song on there!!!

Christine said...

Especially since you once made me a tape of it when we were on that break.....

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

I used to have "our song" on the playlist when I did the post about Liv playing Love Story over and over... But sometimes songs that you put on from this playlist, get taken off if they no longer have access to that particular song. Bummer!