I can’t decide if it’s hard or easy to pick 30 heroes in your life. I mean, starting out, the first few seem easy, but then, you wonder, what if I miss someone? Ahh, anyway, today I’m going to talk about my friend Stacy. She’s a former special ed teacher (do I even have to go on?) who now stays at home with her 2 children. She’s survived things I couldn’t imagine happening to me. In my estimation, she’s brave.
We met in college, I won tickets to a concert by guessing someone’s shoe size listening to the campus radio. The people calling in were all guessing 9 3/4, 8 5/8 and dumb stuff like that, when it was obvious that the only real answer was 10 that hadn’t been given. The bands were Third Eye Blind and something else? If I really cared I could drag up the memory, anyway, I asked her if she wanted to go to the concert. We had a pretty good time, although that’s one of the very few events I’ve been to in my life, and it was loud and I think they gave up on the chairs after the mosh pit started…. ahh college life.
Anyway, when I was sick a time or two she heated me up some chicken noodle soup. In general, she has always been a good ear, and I’ve been hers in return. She sees my faults and isn’t afraid to toss them back at me, so that I can see more clearly, perhaps what I’m overlooking in my life. She also is honest when trying on clothes and assessing your body type. She recently ‘rared’ at me when I was trying on clothes and passed stuff out in only my skivvies. She knew I’d find it funny. Oh and we showered together a lot in college. Now get your minds out of the gutter, we’d simply arrange a time to meet, both being fairly busy, so during the one time of day we were actually stuck doing something we could chat. Shower shoes and all. I can still hear the squish squish of the shoes that never quite dried out as we walked down the hallway to our rooms. I learned a lot during those chats. god forbid someday one of you comes over and we’re on the phone with each other. Look out, it may be a long wait to actually talk to me yourself, we can go on for hours about all the minutiae of life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been months since we’ve spoken, we just pick right back up where we left off, which is great. Everyone deserves a girlfriend like her.
We just got back to town at 10 last night, and we’re leaving again for Virginia on Wednesday at 8 AM, so I’ve got a lot going on these next 2 days, but I couldn’t not take the time to comment on this one!
I, too, am lucky to have such a great friend. How great is it to know that whenever I need an ear or a shoulder, I can count on you! And to think we’ve now been away from each other longer than we were together, and we can just pick up where we left off. I love that, too!
I miss our showers. Since Mark isn’t into “fun” showers, our showers are all business and no pleasure. They’re never as interesting as what you and I had. He’s not such a good talker, you know!
P.S. Thank you for calling me brave! That’s not a compliment I’ve heard before, but I suppose I should give myself credit for my 2 years at Manual. I WAS brave! THANK YOU for making me see that!