20 years ago I was a nervous 5 year old heading to school for the first time. I took the big girl bus and headed into my kindergarten classroom and that’s where I met her. My BFF. The macaroni to my cheese. I don’t really remember much about those first years of friendship but I do remember we had some fun play dates with yummy Italian dinners made by her dad and playing Barbies. Something we would still enjoy today.
At some point in our elementary friendship she moved away. Life went on for both of us. New friendships were made for both of us. This was the time pre-facebook so you couldn’t stalk your friend online that moved away. In High School she moved back into my life. From the moment we started talking it was instant friendship all over again. It was like we had never been apart. Crazy fun times were had with pictures and video to prove it. Once we graduated High School we drifted apart. I was the one that moved away this time to go off to college. Gina stayed home to pursue her education and start a family. We were both living our separate lives. We would message on Facebook occasionally and when I would come into town I would visit once or twice. I regret not trying harder to stay close to her during these years. I missed her wedding, baby shower, and the birth her daughter. But even though I missed all of those things, when we are together it feels like I’ve missed nothing. Like we’ve been together forever. Now that we both have babies we don’t get to go out (at all really), but she watches my daughter for me while I work which is something I am eternally grateful for. I know that my daughter gets love and attention and most importantly I trust Gina to do whatever is right for my child.
20 years of friendship and (I don’t want to jinx us but) we’ve never gotten into a fight. Maybe over crayons or a Barbie. I’d say that’s a pretty good. So here’s to another 20 years. Lets hope that we actually both find time in our busy schedules to go out for our “Friendiversary”.