Today is my best friends 30th birthday. I’m sure she won’t mind me telling the world that she is now old (it’s Ok, I have six months on her!)
It was actually a comment on my Instagram feed that prompted me to write this as it made me realise how lucky I am to actually have a “best friend” We actually spent our whole school life together; from teeny little 5 year olds we were in pretty much every class together however we weren’t really friends. She was more of a tomboy whereas I was the annoying sporty type. It was our best friends in year 10 coming together that actually threw us together. We ended up realising that we were actually better off as best buddies with our incredibly similar weird sense of humour, our love of gossip and shared mutual likes (and dislikes, LOTS of dislikes)
From crazy 15 year olds, we had a big to do in Sixth Form which ended up in just us two branching out at college together the following year and from here we really became inseparable. Our love of a ridiculously crappy band (who shall be left nameless) saw us trek up and down the country going to gigs, PAs and anything they did. This period really cemented our lifelong friendship. We then discovered going out, drinking and trying to be cool. She got into a fight my now husband back in 2005 which I do love to bring up now and again to make them feel REALLY uncomfortable!!!! The following year she met her now husband and the rest is history.
Between us we have four babies under our belt (I definitely have done my share of reproducing, time to catch up!!!) and we are godmothers to each others kids. When I lost my Mom, an hour later she would be the only phone call I would make to anyone to let them know the incredibly heartbreaking news. I’m glad she has as many silly stories about her as I do and we can always reminisce about her together. We literally have been through every emotion going; mainly me – I am ever the dramatic one! From dog sitting hilarities, far too many drunken nights out, toxic relationships that tested our friendship that she stuck by me, to being there as bridesmaids on our wedding days, through positive pregnancy tests to birth announcements and visiting the latest addition to the clan on the same day.
To be there through the hardest time of my life ever and picking me up. We have gone past friendship stage and I am so lucky to have someone there 24/7 to have a random hilarious what app conversation with. She has eased the hole left by my Mom as she always knows who I mean when I have gossip.
We chat multiple times a day but if we didn’t? It wouldn’t matter. We don’t have a needy friendship that we have to see and speak to each other 24/7 to know we are best mates.
Today on her birthday, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being so…me. Being so painfully hilarious. For always knowing what to say. For sharing my weird views on life and people. For buying me crisps whenever I need them. You E the G – are bloody amazing.