Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let me tell you a thing.

Once upon a time, about 10-12 years ago, there was this really obnoxious girl.

I kind of super hated her.

My family was the only one by this big apartment complex, and because we had a pretty nice sized yard with a cool swing set, it wasn't uncommon for the kids living in the apartments to come over and play. (We'd have at least 15 to 20 kids over on a regular basis.) And seeing as I was the oldest girl playing in our yard, I was in charge.

I was the Queen Bee. The neighborhood was my turf. I owned the joint, see?

And then there was this girl. Her family moved up from LA into a house down the street from us, and since we were about the same age, our parents thought it would be a great idea for us to be friends. Well... we weren't; in fact, we took a pretty much instant dislike to each other.

She was used to being in charge, and I was also used to being in charge. So she'd come down to our house to "play," and she'd try to take over. She'd make up rules, she'd boss the apartment kids around, she thought she knew everything. Excuse me? That was my job! I made up the rules! I bossed people around! I knew everything! I was the queen bee! And this... this twerp was invading my kingdom!

We clashed all the time. Rules for baseball? Nah, didn't agree. Playing house? Um, there actually aren't rules to that game, okay? Running away from the Orphanage? (Yes, that's a very popular game for lots of little kids.) Yes, hello, hi, I GET TO BE THE EVIL ORPHANAGE LADY, OKAY? OKAY.

This rivalry went on for a good, oh I don't know, four or five years? We didn't fight constantly, but we definitely had strong opinions about how things should be run, and there was a certain cattiness when we disagreed. (We disagreed a lot.)

It was a hard-fought battle for supremacy.

Then when we were about twelve, both of our families started doing home remodels at the same time. We took out a wall, they added a bigger kitchen... You know how it is: exhausting, stressful, dust every-freaking-where. UGH.

Anyway, the same guy who was working on their house was working on ours. He was a jerk. He was unprofessional and rude, and had mood swings worse than a teenage girl. (Like, bro, get a grip.) So, he eventually ended up swindling both our families, he quit, threw a few tantrums, he called my mom some interesting names... (Like let me tell you, I almost hit him with a hammer, because NO ONE TALKS TO MY MOMMY LIKE THAT, CAPISCE?)

And that was when this obnoxious, bossy girl and I finally had something in common.

"You hate him!? I ALSO HATE HIM!"

Sammi and I have been best friends ever since.

Sammi is family.

She's my best pal, we've seen each other through thick and thin, from mutual hate of the handyman, to her being a solid brick wall of support when my family went through some killer hard times back in 2012.

From her dealing with my downright creepy obsession with Dean Winchester to her losing her dad to cancer a couple years ago.

We've seen each other through the best of times, to the worst of times, from when she won the Tahoe's Got Talent competition, (which is why she now has the nickname Liquid Velvet) to mutual emotional breakdowns over stress and personal issues.

I was there when she tried to use curlers to style her hair like the forties. (Which ultimately resulted in an afro)

She was there when I made the poor choice to be Rainbow Dash for Halloween, and ended up with a very orange head, and a very brown braid. (To which I repeat: Never. Again.)

But literally every time I needed her, she's been there, because that's just who she is.

Yesterday, she packed up her car and she headed off to college, and she's going to be eight hours away for quite a long time. She's studying to be a worship leader, and honestly, I couldn't be prouder.

She's off being all grown up and fabulous, and I'm like, "Ra ra ra! You can do it!"

But in the back of my mind I'm like, "Ugh, this is the longest time ever we've gone without seeing each other, how am I supposed to deal with this nonsense?"

Mostly, I'm proud of her.

That other 20% is already ready for her to come back.

Just feeling a little melancholy, and I do not want my best friend to be gone.

SO UGH. She's coming home for Thanksgiving, which I think is a good plan, because A.) I miss her, and B.) I miss her. Until then I intend to keep her occupied with texts and messages and snapchats, because I have a prescription grade need for attention.

When's Thanksgiving again? 

Treskie out.





      me too. XD

  2. 😢😢 sniffle. She'll be baaaaack!

  3. AM I CRYINGGG. I'M CRYIINGGGGGGGGG. i absolutely love this friendship BECAUSE I FEEL IT DOWN IN MY BONES. #missingpeoplerightnow #especiallymybestfriend #COMEBACK tears. Also instant love for Sammi after all those pictures. you got it.

    1. Hahah oh no! Don't do that! I KNOW RIGHT? IT'S SUCH A GOOD FRIENDSHIP.

      Hahahaha, most people tend to like her right off the bat, I dunno what my problem was lol...

  4. Awww, I loved reading this! It makes me happy hearing about best friends and stuff like that. I get how you feel about your best friend being so far away. My best friend moved back in February to another state, so I can't see her that often but we are CONSTANTLY talking to each other on Skype. Through thick and thin we've stayed best friends and it makes me happy that other people feel that same way. #friendshipgoals :P

    1. Aw good, I'm glad! I know, I think friendships are undervalued in today's society... I love friendships.

      IT'S THE SADDEST FEELING. EHEM. (Yeah... I should start skyping her. :)


  5. Lovely tribute to your friend! Funny how a mutual hatred can sometimes create a friendship, isn't it? (Also, it was interesting to learn how you met Sammi...I've read about her here and there on your blog, but didn't know much about her.) Hang in there; Thanksgiving is about 12 weeks away!

    1. Thank you! Right? It was so abruptly friendship though. XD
      SO excite!

  6. This is a great story, and greater because it's true!

  7. This was absolutely wonderful. It made me laugh and was a really nice tribute to your friend.

    1. haha, thank you. I was trying to make it kind of light-hearted without being sappy. lol. :)

  8. I DID NOT SEE THE PLOT TWIST COMING IN THAT STORY. I thought it was gonna be a story of how you hated this girl but then it turned out she had lots of issues or smthng and you were gonna be like "so before you hate someone, kids, put yourselves in their shoes!" I v much enjoyed reading this XD

    Anyway, so, I was at a party last night with my schoolfriends before we all go our separate ways to uni and stuff. (Glasgow Uni freshers starts on Monday!) I have been quite sad today. But if you love someone that much you will stay in each other's lives no matter the difference, and though things are changing your friendship will become all the sweeter. Still, it's a tough time! <3

    1. WOW REALLY? OH. XD hahahaha never fear, Moral-of-the-story stories make me want to weep and then die, so that's never gonna happen here. XD XD BUT AWWW i'm glad you enjoyed reading it!

      Oh yeah? (GOOD LUCK AT UNI!!) I know, when you have a special friendship, it's going to take a lot more than distance to break it up, but it's still like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. So I feel ya. I'm sorry you're sad. :(


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