We all have friends on Facebook whom we don’t talk to regularly, or haven’t seen in years. But I find myself smiling whenever they post something and I enjoy seeing what they are up to these days. As we get older, I am finding that life is passing me by so quickly, and friends often take a back seat in the pile of things to do and places to go. This post is dedicated to a few friends of mine who have been a huge part of my life, who I wish I got to see more often, and who have greatly contributed to this adventure we call life. I wish we had more photos together, so if you have any, I would love to see them.
Dear Vjay: You were such a great friend to me when we lived in Calgary, and were always there for me when I needed it the most. I had some hard times out there, and you always stood by my side. I miss our silly laughter and adventures out on the town. I remember walking to Tim Horton’s with you during our lunch break together at work (work was so much more fun with you!), and it was just a moment that I remember realizing what a lucky girl I was to have such an awesome friend.
Dear Eric: We spend an entire summer together, inseparable, going on adventures and hanging out with friends. You were supportive, and so very caring, and I thank you for that. I remember going to Wasaga one afternoon to a bar for some food and some drinks. I got a Blue Lagoon, and for some reason that day really stands out for me. Just hanging out, I felt like I could be myself around you. Whether you put up with it, or actually liked it LOL, thank you. You were also a great dance partner at my cousins wedding!
Dear Nicole: I know we chat often, but we don’t get to see each other much. You always know what I am going through, offer a “shoulder to rant on” when things are tough, and encourage me through everything. We have been friends for so long, it feels like just yesterday I remember seeing you come into family studies in grade 9 carrying your backpack with you everywhere :) I really cherish our friendship.
Dear Pam: I looked forward to our shifts working together, and we had really good talks. I love bragging about my cool older friend to all my high school buddies ;) You were always available for such good advice, life stories, and laughs.
Dear Lindsay: You always had gum in the best flavours and were such a good partner in drama class. Remember eating bowls of frozen cookie dough?
Dear Sam: You always made me laugh, and I looked forward to every time we got to hang out and just talk. We never ran out of things to say, and every morning when I got to school I would be looking for you to have cookies and chocolate milk with :)
*Sam and Lindsay, I really loved all of our sleepovers, hangouts, lunch hours in high school, and the laughing. Oh, the endless laughing.
Dear Adam: I have known you since we were 5. You have been such a dear friend to me for so many years. So many lunch hours in high school spent talking and talking and talking, especially about movies. I think we have the exact same taste in movies. You came to visit me when I had my tonsils out when I was going to Georgian, and remember our fun night at the GNE? You are down right hilarious, and seriously one of my oldest, best friends.
Dear Justine: Drama class. Drama festival. The headset was on the whole time while I talked about the lighting guy. Need I say more? ;)
Dear Evan: I wish I met you at the beginning of high school instead of the end. I loved all of our talks, hangouts, and parties together. I remember giving you rides to farmhouse parties, talking on msn all the time, always having good talks about life and love.
Dear Sarah: My class buddy at U of Calgary! I always looked forward to class instead of dreading it because I had such a wonderful friend to sit with <3
Dear Ashley: I think we set a record for the most childhood sleepovers at one another’s house. Remember when you stayed with us for a week while your mom was away?! Sneaking candy into bed and eating it after lights out.
Dear Heather: My girl guide buddy. Again, me, you, and Ashley probably sent a record for sleepovers. They seemed endless! I loved your dress up trunk full of such interesting things and our bike rides to buy candy at Shell.
Dear Tom: We spent an inseparable summer together. I appreciate your friendship and I really felt like I had someone to talk to who understood what I was going through. You were always full of good advice, and I really cherish those memories we made that summer. Wasaga, Mr. Norms, bonfires, Sour Puss, surprising me at work with Iced Capps, and so many more great memories. Seriously, I couldn’t have gotten through that summer without you, and was so sad when it ended and I moved to Waterloo. Your friendship means a lot to me, and will always have a special place in my heart.
Dear Turner: Remember that time we went to see strippers in Barrie? Haha! What a night. You introduced me to, and changed my life with, cheese croissants from Tim Horton’s. I remember countless high school lunch breaks at Marriah’s, hangouts, and laughing until I cried. You are awesome <3
Dear Mel: My skating buddy for so many years. I was always sad when my parents couldn’t come to an overnight competition, but secretly happy because I knew it meant a weekend with you :)
Dear Tara: Grilled cheese sandwiches at the rink and so much silliness. I had so much fun.
Dear Emma: An inseparable summer of pizza, bike rides, renting movies, and sleepovers. Another record for sleepovers I think. And you had the most awesome bedroom and the coolest birthday party I had ever been to.
Dear Heather: My Georgian carpool buddy. I seriously loved all of our talks. When we got to school I was always a little sad that we had to get to class and stop talking lol! You rock.
Dear Jackie, Marriah, and Robyn: Oh, the laughing. Serisously. So. Much. Laughing. We would get told to be quiet in the halls from laughing too much! Sleepovers, out for lunch, parties, boys, high school- we went through it all. You guys are the reason that I actually enjoyed, and survived high school.
Dear Maureen: The coolest boss ever. Full of wisdom. Taking me out for drinks and dancing with Jenna on my birthday. You are so sweet and lovely. You were so supportive to me when I needed it. Thank you.
Dear Jenna: Taking me out on my birthday as I mentioned above. So stylish. I loved when you did my hair for my cousin’s wedding. I really loved having you as a friend in Calgary, always brightening my day with you smile.
Dear Amanda: I can’t even begin to start to write about our times together. So much time together, which was easy since we were neighbours! Bus rides to school, sleepovers, Spice Girls, singing 24/7, dances, and so much more.
If I haven’t mentioned you here, know that I am thinking about you and fondly remembering all of our good times together. Even though we have grown up, grown apart, changed, live far away, etc. I cherish everyone’s friendship. I cannot thank you all enough for being such awesome parts of my life.
How insanely lucky am I to have so many awesome friends throughout my life?!?! I really, really, hope that the universe reunites us again soon <3
Until next time.