I can say something not many people can say. I have had the same best friend for seventeen years.
On my first day of kindergarten, 1992, this tall blond girl in big glasses walked up to me and said “Hi, my name is Emily, and if you’re not my friend I’ll beat you up.” (How do I know this? It’s not something I’ve let her live down once in the past 17 years.) Me, being a small child my whole life readily agreed to be her friend, and we have been best friends ever since. We went to school together through the 7th grade and then I moved about an hour away, but we still talked all the time and got together whenever we could. We’ve always been complete opposites in many ways except a few. She was the tall, athletic, never in trouble, goal driven girl. I was the short, sports hating, always in trouble, no goals at all girl. We dressed in completely different styles, hung out with completely different groups of people; we even went to different colleges in different states. But nothing has ever broken or gotten in the way of our friendship. I’ve always figured we’ve stayed so close through the years because we balance each other out so well. She’s my best friend in the whole wide world, and I’m closer to her and love her more than my sisters.
I watched her get married today to a man (more…)