2011 is going to be quite a year, as some of my closest friends, as well as myself, will be leaving our 20s behind, and entering into a new decade! The cool thing about this is, in less than 5 days, I will be kicking off the 30th year of our lives. I used to be quite annoyed that I was always the one to get older first, but then there is nothing better than welcoming my friends into the "wise ages", or cracking jokes that I'm the boss, since I was walking while some were still attached to the umbilical chord. Womp!
These girls that I share the same birth year with, have all been a part of my life for a very long time. I've either known them since we were potty-training, or from high school, where we walked the halls with our backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, and trapper keepers. I have pretty much seen each of them grow from young girls, to grown women. And the greatest part is, they are all very beautiful people both inside and out. So this is my cheers to you...for coming this far as my friend, and for a super year of turning the big 3-oh!
d.w.—I am sorry for stuffing your mouth with vegetables at the tender age of 6....knowing you hated them with a passion. I guess my bossy ways began earlier than I thought. It's very rare for someone to have such a great friend for 27 years. You have been at every birthday, every graduation, every dark moment and every bright moment in my life. You are one of my biggest rocks on this planet, and I couldn't have conquered everything that I have, without you!
s.j.—I know it must not have been easy to have a 5 feet, 9.5 inches girl get into your twin bed, to cry over a certain someone. And despite the fact that I dragged you to a school in the middle of nowhere (with naked students and interpretive dance), you were always there for me to turn those tears to laughter! You have always been a good voice of reason, during the most irrational of times. We def. had our moments when I was away, but I honestly couldn't think of a better person to be facing life with on this "rock".
k.c.—I'm putting it out there in the universe now, that I did not steal your kit-kat in high school! But I will apologize for almost getting you expelled, because I let the whole class know when you were in a big brawl with t.t.! You know, I don't think there is anyone on this planet that makes me laugh as much as you do. You can turn any distress into a fun fest (which is a big gift in my eyes)...and I am so thankful to have a friend like you. Cause you know the cow bawling all the time just ain't cute!
d.d.—The girl who shares the Aquarian sign with me. I didn't think it was possible to have someone so similar to me, and we're not even related....just born exactly a week apart! It's funny that we both react to things in the same way, yet you always know the right words to say to make everything a bit clearer. I always thought you were the mature one out of the two of us....and it's good to have that balance within a friendship! One crazy person...and one very reserved person!
y.g.—I don't know why I never remember you from when we were kids...but as I see pictures I realize, you really have been a part of my life for a very, very, long time. With all my friends who have handed their life over to God, you are the only one that has continued to be a good friend to me, despite our different beliefs! I'm sure it's not always easy to deal with a semi-potty-mouthed gal, who tries to work out her spirituality each day. But you know you inspire me to be good, and to follow the path that God has chosen for me.
k.k.—You are the baddest bitch I know! Hands down! I remember everyone not being a fan of you in high school, but we always got along well because we both kept it f-ing real. I always admired your attitude of not giving a hoot-nanny about what anyone thinks...something that I'd love to learn. And I love that we have two completely different personalities, but we rock through life together like it's no one's business! I really couldn't imagine my world without you, and I think it's time for you to come back home now...the pool and I miss you! :)
To these lovely six girls....I look forward to the many years of life we have ahead. I look forward to breaking the "curse", and having our own kids, who I hope will build friendships just like ours. I look forward to growing old with all of you, because my life would be so incomplete if that didn't happen! I wish for all of us to be healthy and happy as we turn 30, and I wish for all of us to be friends till the end like chucky! Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!
Al, Lee, Lia, Leelee, AliPali....Alia