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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

That's What Friends Are For

I'm thankful for lots of things.



Mom and Dad that are still kickin'.

Younger brother that doesn't totally suck, at least not all the time.

House with a yard and a garage, even though the piece of crap is probably gonna be broken for eternity.

And. BFF.

Yes, we are dressed the same and yes, we both have awesomely styled bangs.

We've been "together" for like 18 years (I'm not really as old as that makes me sound).

We met in Hanau, Germany circa 1991.

Her dad was in the military, my dad was a civilian who worked for the military.

We met in middle school.

She didn't like me. I thought she was pretty, but sorta mean looking.

Other people thought we were cousins (which is weird because I honestly don't look anything like any of my cousins).

I can't remember exactly how we got to be friends, I'll have to ask her about that.

But, we did.

And, now look.

We're still together.

So, since we're coming up on a time of the year when you're reminded to think about the amazing people you get to share your life with because you're trying to weed out who you absolutely have to buy a gift for from those who don't really deserve one, I'm paying tribute to the one person who's stuck it out with me for double digits worth of years, not because she's related to me, not because she's my baby's daddy and would need a lawyer to be rid of me, but because she mostly likes me.

We're kinda like Whitney and Dion. I'm Dion, though because even though she's rockin' that crazy wack afro, at least she doesn't have a nasty crack habit and a marriage to Bobby Brown in her future.

Blech! I can name at least 12 people I'd rather have to kiss than Bobby Brown.

This is for you, champ.

And, what would a Dumb Mom tribute be without an original poetry selection?

You know how I feel about poetry!

Roses are red,
Violets aren't violet?

You're more than a friend,
you're like a copilot.

We've shared so much
these eighteen years. (Remember NJHS? Dorks!)

We've had lots of fun, (VEGAS!)
and cried some tears. (Not really, huh?)

But, it's not always been
chick flicks and wine. (or really expertly combined mixed drinks)

At first things were strained,
this bond took some time. (So glad you got over that Kenzaki business)

But, after a bit
things turned out just right. (Lucky for you!)

My charms, I suppose,
Were just too much to fight.

Not middle school, high school,
or countries between,

could drive us apart,
we're besties it seems.

And, I'm happy, and grateful,
and really, quite lucky,

to be stuck to a chick
who is more cool than sucky.

It's been real.

Well, mostly anyway.

But, on a serious note, BFF and I have a partnership that makes life much easier to live.

It's not influenced by romance (we've NEVER hooked up, and we don't pillow fight so, Hubby, quit asking) or relation (Mimi hasn't been a part of some of my more questionable exploits, because, and I know some of you would disagree, going to a strip club with your moms when you are like 17 is a little more than awkward).

We're not obligated to stay together, we just do it because we like it.

And, partnerships like this can lead to amazing things.

Like the Path to Peace Project sponsored by Macy's.

BFF and I may not be changing the world like Macy's and Oprah, but we still believe in the power of the partnership.

Do you?

PBD Admits it's Free: As part of our support for the Path to Peace Project, BFF and I received pieces of jewelery that are part of the collection. They are nice. You should check them out. I bet your bestie would love to get one of these bracelets or necklaces for Xmas.

*photo courtesy of those lovely stalkerazzis that keep our live interesting at TMZ


Tammy Howard said...

Aw, thinkin' about my own bestie and gettin' all warm and fuzzy inside.

Your boyfriends were cute.

Life with Kaishon said...

Matching blue denim outfits! That is just TOO cool! I think you do look alike! This made me think of my own best friend who I surely could not live without! : )

TubOfLard said...

Ya know, I can't really remember how we became friends either. Was it that we were just the coolest people at that NJHS overnight trip? Not sure, but glad it happened cause what the hell what I do without you?

Funny we still dress alike now it's just not on purpose.

Love ya!

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

What a fab tribute to your friend!! Will she ever forgive you for posting some of those pics though?

Happy Thanksgiving to ya!

Mama B said...

I swaer I have a similar all denim clad picture with awessomely rocking bangs of me and my BFF in middle school, ahh good times. My friends are so lucky my hubby has not hooked up our scanner...

TKW said...

Sweetness! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your partner in crime!

glitterbygrammie said...

What a great story. I lost track of my BFF years ago and am still trying to find her. I have hope.

Carrie said...

Stopping by from SITS! I'd love if you'd link this up to our Gratitude Party that I'm hosting on my blog since it fits with the theme so well:

Hope to see you there!

Miss Dot said...

Awwwwwww!!! What awesome incriminating pictures that I'll be keeping tucked away in case the time is riiiiiiight!!! Although I guess if you've posted 'em here for all the glorious world to see, you probably don't care much if I whip 'em out right before your grand inaugural ceremony. Blah.

P.S. -- I made a new blog last night so I can stop posting personal posts on a site that I direct client traffic to. Who needs to know about my laundering skills when all they really want is a dozen cupcakes? I mean come oooooon.

P.P.S. -- Going to see New Moon again tonight. Faaabulous!


Jennifer said...

Awwww. That's too sweet.

And that last picture is more than a little scary.

Mira is triplet crown said...

You are so lucky. BFFs are rare and worthy of great thanks. hang on to her!

Susan said...

That is awesome. I would love to be a BFF to someone like you 2 are.

Anonymous said...

First off, mom blog network Finally has you back on so I can vote for your awesome posts.
Second, I love how you perfectly describe the real reason we're thinking of the people in our lives.
Third, Your BFF sounds awesome! I'm glad you have each other.
Fourth, we're so insinc that I wrote about my BFF yesterday.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

My BFF and I have been friends since I was 9 and she was 8. Through all of life's curve balls we are still besties- we had matching outfits at one point too! Looking back is fun! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwwww! I love this post! BFF's are so much fun, aren't they? :)

Unknown Mami said...

The men in that picture are freakin' me out! That hair!!!

You guys rock!

JamericanSpice said...

I just found a bestie...gosh I'm way old too!

Yours is such a sweet tribute and funny! :)

Andrea (ace1028) said...

What a wonderful post. Love the pics, the story and the poem. :)

Angelia (Texas) said...

My best friend I grew up with lives about a mile away. We have pics dressed alike too.

These pics are AWESOME! What a great post of thankfulness and fun.

Happy Thanksgiving!

christo said...

you are really gifted. BFFs are really rare and you where quite lucky because they both are still hanging around, great to see those picture. I started it remembering of my friend who where friends for 7 great years but now we both are out of track. Trying to get back with her.


Carrie said...

I love my BFF so much, too. It's true, you aren't bound by anything but the love for each other. Your post makes me miss my BFF even more! Thanks for linking it to the Gratitude Party!

Lauren said...

Thanks for this great post! It's true - we do get by with a little help from our friends. I'm involved with the Path to Peace project. Like our best friends change our lives, the P2P project is changing the lives of so many women and it really is a powerful partnership.

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