You’re the queen of “remember when?”s in my life. You were there for all of it. Through the dumb things. The hard things. The things were I just needed someone to laugh with. When I just needed a hug. When I needed an Alto 2. When I needed a ride. You were there. You still are. That, we smiled about, rarely happens in this beautiful life. You know me, for you’ve been here.
…she was our babysitter, and we had to move because the cancer took her?
…our moms put us in those frilly dresses and ruffly socks?
…we had those teeth that were not straight, but our smiles always melted our daddies?
…we realized that we both attended the same family reunions?
…the swimming pool was the greatest hang out?
…the cancer moved its way into my life?
…the cancer was gone?
…you learned how to tickle my backwards foot?
…always being late for choir?
…the dumb choices in boys you made? And how I told you so, but loved you anyway?
…everyone thought we were twins while you were a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz?
…Jake Donze made our lives?
…we practiced and practiced and practiced for that duet?
…Mountain Dew and m&ms and a pile of physics we never really understood?
…being my best friend when mine left me?
…laughing at me while things made no sense?
….that night in the dorm room, before it all changed?
…driving in those cars, way faster than we should have?
…burning papers post high school?
…crying while the last bell rang?
…getting in the car at 4am?
…laughing in an Applebees parking lot?
…being giddy about those people with violins?
…accepting each other no matter how we were?
…getting random phone calls from random numbers and then coming over to spend 3 hours?
…meeting me in the hospital room because of her cancer?
…walking up my driveway with a ring on your finger and asking me to be in your wedding?
Some things change. Others never do. There’s nothing I would rather have done but sit there for hours and giggle with you.
…because love wins.