I wanted to write to you to tell you something. I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now, but wasn’t sure where to start so here goes.
Some people come into our life and leave footprints, but you my friend have been stomping all over my heat since the day we met.. 11 years ago, when we messed about on the iPads in Yag even though we were meant to be paying attention...
There wasn’t a moment of hesitance in my answer. I mean who wouldn’t have wanted to be friends with someone wearing a cool darn hat and bright outfit. The answer was yes, and with a smile on your cherub-like face, you pushed me under your protective wing and haven’t let go of me since.
As the years passed by, our love for each other grew. You weren’t just a friend, you were the sister I never had, my soul mate and the reason my days were filled with happiness, love and laughter. Even when the sun stopped shining, we’d get out there, splash in the deepest of puddles and make light of any situation life threw our way. Because together we were stronger, braver and damn right invincible!
Life, sometimes give us lemons and suddenly we find ourselves broke and unable to get back up. When I thought all hope had gone, you were always there to sweep me off of my feet, dust me down and tell me everything is going to be okay. When everyone else had left the room, you were the only one still cheering and giving me that little piece of hope to carry on.
That’s what real friends do. They are the glue that holds us together when we feel like we are falling apart. They are the anchor to keep us grounded when life has a tendency to blow us away. They are the wind beneath our wings, keeping us going when we feel like giving up.
Thank you for being a true friend. For sticking by me, for letting me sob into your shoulder, for allowing me to play that same old tiresome record you’ve heard a trillion times before. Thank you for letting me pour my heart out, for listening and for not just telling me what I want to hear. Thank you for loving me when no one else would. Thank you for staying constant in a world full of change and chaos. And thank you for just being there when I need you.
It’s hard to put into words how much you mean to me, because words isn’t enough. I know my life wouldn’t be the same without you. We have walked so far, laughed so hard, and cried a sea of tears together. We have climbed each other’s highest peaks, and travelled through the darkest of valleys. You’ve been there for me through the toughest times, held my hand when going on new adventures and facing my fears... You raised me up when life had beat me to the ground, and I spurred you on during moments of weakness.
You have not only been my rock, my anchor, my tear catching shoulder to cry upon, but you have also taught me many things in life.
You taught me that friends never judge each other no matter what. When you walked in on me belting out a Leann Rimes classic – eyes closed, hands clenched and lost in the music – you didn’t judge me. You must have been laughing so hard inside, but you managed to keep a straight face and even told me I sounded great. This was a lie – I was tone-deaf. I knew it, you knew it, and the neighbours 5 doors down knew it
Thank you for being my partner-in-crime, my drinking buddy, my road trippin’ companion, my telepathic pal, my gossip girl, my personal life coach, my dancing partner and so much more. Thank you for all the glorious memories, wrapped up in a bow of nostalgia, so beautiful it brings a tear to my eye. Thank you for the times when we laughed so hard a little bit of wee popped out, the times we danced like no one was watching, the times we talked until the cows came home, milked into a thousand saucers, and said ‘Screw this, I’m going to bed!’.
And no matter how much distance is between us, no matter how many days, weeks and months we haven’t spoken to each other, we ALWAYS pick up where we left.
My beautiful friend, what more can I say? In 50 years from now, I hope I will still be cushioned under your protective wing. I have no doubt that you will still be the person who could turn my every frown into a smile, the person who lifts me up when I am losing faith and the person who carries my tears on her shoulders. I’m pretty sure that we will still be busting out those same dance moves, watching Bridesmaids on repeat and laughing until our catheter bags burst!