Open Love Letter
I haven’t written in a while now because I’ve had this post on my mind but couldn’t bring myself to write it. It’s not easy for me to write something this personal on my blog, but it’s something I needed to do. Just a warning for those of you who enjoy my blog for the lighter side of life, today’s post is much more intense. Although I try to bring a little joie de vivre through my writing, I also realize there is a darker reality to life that we all must grapple with from time to time. And it is also through difficult times that we come to treasure who and what is dearest to us.
So I want to take this post today to recognize and thank those individuals who have become my life-long friends. Friends whom I feel completely lucky to have met and spent time with. Friends who have enriched my human experience, who challenge me and make me a better person. Friends who I have laughed and cried with. I want to tell you this now and out loud because I think it’s important. I want to tell you I appreciate our friendship and I will always be there for you.
*Note: I have not included my very best friend in the world, my soul mate and parter in crime, my Mr. I think he deserves a full post all for his own, don’t you think? <3
To MELISSA – You’re the most inspiring, thoughtful, wonderful, funny, mischievous, and adventurous person. I’ll always remember the moment I saw Nitro and Silver on your cubicle wall and I KNEW we were going to be friends. I can’t help but wish I was 20 yrs old when you were, and I imagine what kind of trouble we would have gotten into. Our mutual love of the equine species forged a special bond but that was only the foundation of a friendship that means so much more than that. I’m always amazed at your curiosity for learning, and your get-things-done attitude no matter how difficult. No seriously, what kind of city slicker girl stacks all her own wood the very first go at it? You always seem to have the exact same naughty yet hilarious thoughts as me, at the same time, and I can’t remember how many times we’ve cracked up in tears over the silliest things. You’re street-smart-tough-as-all-hell, a rebel with a heart, and a true artist. We just connect, and always will.
To VALERIE – Wow! Val, my dearest, loving, crazy, beautiful girl. I’m so glad we are closer than ever, and we’ve been there to support each other in our times of need. You used to be one of my “newer” friends but that was years ago. I adore your free spirit, your sincerity, your cheeky chops attitude, and your generosity. With you, I feel like I can talk about anything, no matter how hard. Your wacked out Quebecois Anglaise makes me laugh, and you’re such a good sport when I tease you. You’re my girl crush!
To AMANDA – You’re a constant in my life, and I know I haven’t been there as much or as often as we would both like. But when we do spend time together over the phone or over cheap sushi, I know it’s going to be real and heart felt. You are strong, independent, intuitive, caring, dependable, and you have seriously the best Halloween costumes! We’ve grown up together through high school, seen each other at our best and worst style phases, and I always feel so much more grounded after our talks. You’re an inspiration.
To ALLIE – How did we go from blogger friends to BFF IRL? Ha, I don’t know but I do know every time we’re together, whether it’s just us or with the guys, we have the BEST time. Our trips to Seattle and Tofino have been amazing, and I really look forward to going on more adventures with you. I love how much effort you put into everything you do, and I admire your ambition and creativity. I love that you speak your mind and we can talk about everything from the frivolous to the serious. You’re always so encouraging, and you inspire me to get out there and live life to the fullest. My absolute bestie girlie-soul-surfer. *sorry girlie I wanted to post a better photo of us but I don’t have our pics from NYE – need those please!!! Also realize we need more pics together.
To DONNA – You are a one-of-a-kind, super mom and friend. Admittedly we’ve had our ups and downs but over the years your friendship has always meant so much to me. I know we spend the least amount of time together, but you’ve always been there when I’ve needed you and I hope you can feel the same way about me. I know I can always count on you and confide in you. You are a pillar of strength, and you still got that wicked sense of humour that used to get us in all kinds of trouble. I miss our days of snowboarding and dancing all night, but we’ve traded those now for quieter times which mean just as much to me.
To SAM – Gorgeous, vivacious, ambitious, and a little bit wild. I miss our time together but whenever you come home it’s like you never left.
To LIZZIE – ’94 baby, ’94. Love our coffees, hockey talk and dog hikes and hopefully we’ll still be friends when our team finally wins it all…
So that’s it, my open love letter to you, my bestest, dearest friends. Please forgive me for posting your pics ; I’ll remove them upon your request.