Each stage of my life thus far has been defined in girlfriends. From the cool ones in elementary school to the ones in my future, girlfriends of mine have picked me up, dusted me off, laughed and cried with me. I am loyal until I die (that’s a Leo for you ) and learn from each of them. SO…this is a dedication to my ladies.
Elementary school (kindergarten) – Tabitha, sorry I gave you a black eye. However, you did question whether or not I could skip instead of run. I shouldn’t have punched you and I’m sorry. And to the principal, thank you for paddling me. I needed it. I’m the last one in the green in the second row. Tabitha is back row, third from left.
Elementary school continued – Donna, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, and Kim…ya’ll were too cool for me. I thought it was cool to have two Elizabeths for friends. I was the weird kid on the bus and you took me in to ya’lls cool camp. Kim, I’m sorry I stole your New Kids on the Block cassingle. However, this was the catalyst to my obsession with Donnie Wahlberg. I kissed that man. My dreams came true. Kim is the first one on the second row, starting from left. I’m on the bottom row, third from right.
Junior High to High School – Shannon, Elizabeth (a different Elizabeth), Kathy, Marsha, Melissa, Beth. You all made me pretty smart. I mean, we studied and took honors classes together. If it weren’t for you, I would probably not be where I am today….striving to do my best. Those junior high years were full of sleep overs, football games, and crushes. Shannon…there are no words for how much I miss you. You are still with me and I can still hear your advice whenever I question what the hell I’m doing. I saved your thank you notes and college letters so I can read your words back when I am ready. Elizabeth…I’m proud you became a psychologist because we all were crazy back then, especially you. Melissa – Mo, you are brilliant. I’ve never heard you say anything bad about anyone…ever. Like…ever. You are one of the most positive people I have the pleasure of knowing. You are a magnificent role model for your kids and you give me hope that this world isn’t so bad. Beth, we were the only Democrats of that entire bunch and you stuck by me. You were the daydreamer who enjoyed the theatre with me. I cherish those times with you. Here is Liz, Beth, and Mo at prom.
Michael – My first guy best friend who loved to dance, smoke, and get into trouble. You gave me some wicked dance moves and possibly emphysema. You taught me to shake what my momma did or did not give me. I couldn’t have made it through college without you. Marsha – you were so innocent and sweet. I love that even though you moved to Amsterdam, we still visit and keep in touch. You are the globe trekker and I enjoy watching you grow. You taught me to get out and travel. Michael, Marsha, Shannon and me at my house on a crazy exercise bike night.
Kathy, my twin cousin…YOU were the one that made me feel ok about being different. We dressed alike, we obsessed over the same guys, we burst out into song complete with hand jives – we just did not care what anyone thought. I still don’t. Forever grateful.
College – Katrina,you were my only roommate. You taught me how to flirt and that living with crazy people isn’t the best for me. Your dog was sweet, though. I’m glad you have your family and have become a great nurse. Your boys are going to need it with all of those scrapes and bruises. Kami – my travelling ride or die friend. We tore up Panama City with our mix cds. You taught me to say what I mean and that being nice could sometimes get me into trouble. You never sugar coated things and I needed to hear it.PCB 2001 baby
Dana, you were my college/football travelling partner. I miss our lunches and your babies. So many babies. You taught me that anyone can fall down and get right back up. And that French wine is stronger. And you really like it.
Football – Ah, my football friends. Being so close to so many women who fight in the trenches was an amazing thing. Char, Carson, and Carly, these were my rocks. Vegas, Pittsburg, Florida, heck anywhere we could go, we did. Char taught me that being an girl engineer was cool and Carly taught that a quick wit always got the laughs. We laughed so hard, some may have peed their pants. Carson came along later but continues to be one of the best friends I have. She overlaps into work and CF too! Carsy introduced me to CF and I’m forever grateful. She’s a magnificent listener, advice giver, and all around football junkie who I love! Char, me and Carly in Pittsburg
Carsy and Brady!
Work – Sara is my NKOTB ride or die! My café eating, kickboxing, marathon running friend. Sara is one of the most thoughtful people I know. She’s up for adventures, listens to my incessant ramblings, and can cook! She taught me to live life because you aren’t promised tomorrow. She continually amazes me with her dedication and discipline to running.
CF – Burrito Feet, Kerri, Dani – Burrito Feet (Marisa) is addicted to Mountain Dew and cursing. Her spirit is so free and her heart is so big, I just want mine to grow to the size of hers. That girl has a lot of love to give. I love seeing the world through her eye. Here she is helping me not die.
Kerri, my OG, she’s the one I want to be. Patient…so patient. This is a weakness of mine and being friends with Kerri has taught me to love the wait, enjoy the moment, and to think globally.
Dani, my little sister. I have two little sisters already but I feel Dani would fit right in with my family. I love watching her take life head on and accomplish things…like real legit things. She makes me want to set goals again, wear headbands, and get a dog. Her smile lights up a room!
Future – Hey old ladies, I hope you lift, laugh, and love because you have some big shoes to fill.