Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A little diddy about Leigh and Erin.

Once upon a time, I was a lonely girl whose boyfriend went to study abroad in Lyon, France. I was left feeling lost, listless, and scorned when he left me for a tiny Welsh girl. I just couldn't compete with that. One pivotal night when I was drinking away my sorrows with a friend, I met a girl named Erin. It was an instant connection. I wanted to be her friend so badly that I actually took my shoes off of my feet and left them in her car when she dropped me off at home so that we would have a reason to see each other again. She called me the next morning and invited me to go the flea market with her. We have been best friends ever since. Not only was she there for me during one of the most heartbreaking times of my life, but she has also been my partner in crime and we've stumbled into all kinds of trouble together.

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Exhibit A: White trash trip to the flea market on a road trip to my home in Texas.


It's been thirteen years since that crazy night that I met her. We have been there for each other through all of life's milestones. After College, we both moved to Atlanta and made it a point to live within ten minutes if each other. We tore that town up one happy hour at a time. Yet, we also grew up together in that time. She was my "Hair model" as I went through my apprenticeship at the salon. We each met our husbands and served as Made of Honor at each other's weddings. She was at the hospital to meet Griffin the moment he was born. She's like the sister that I've never had.

Well, in 2004, she left me for the big city of NYC. I packed up my belongings and moved to a sleepy little town down the road from Atlanta to raise my new baby . Our lives could not have been more opposite. She would call me from a rooftop party in Brooklyn and I would be changing a diaper. I would call her while Griffin napped and she would be walking through SoHo to go to an art opening. It was almost impossible for us to relate. Yet somehow, we managed to stay connected. We haven't seen each other at all over the last two and half years. Finances and babies have gotten in the way of travel. Yet...we still manage to talk on the phone almost everyday.

Well, I'm SO excited because she has moved back to Georgia!!! It's been five long years since we have lived near one another. Oh..and the best part is, she is pregnant with a little boy!!! Our dreams of being mothers together are finally coming true. I just can't wait to watch our boys play together. Thank God, because I was going to have a jealous fit if she was having a little girl.

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29 comments:

Dee Crowe said...

What a great story...and a toast to friendships like that!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Awww. Sweet. Congratulations. You're getting your pal back!

Sarah RDH said...

yea! that's so exciting! i hope you guys have a great time together catching up!!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Such a great friendship story! Friends like that are so very special!!

Leiah said...

There's nothing better than a best friend. Y'all have fun!

BigSis said...

That is awesome. I'm so happy for you!

Kearsie said...

How fun is that??

Thank God for Besties like that.

singedwingangel said...

Woohooo nothing like having someone you love close by.. so happy for ya'll

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

This is so great. Lucky you.

My Mercurial Nature said...

That is so, so, sweet! I have a good friend like that, too (and we recently re-connected) and it's SO wonderful.

R Montalban said...

How nice and actually, you made me think about how I me my pal.... Many, many years ago (lets not go there though), 1st year of high school, she was on holiday but every time her name was called out in class register another girl would say "shes on holiday and will be sitting next to me"! Well I thought, "gosh she must be interesting, I think she will be MY Best Friend", and sure enough, as soon as she arrived at school after her holidays, we were! She and her husband are one of my sons godparents to boot - sometimes you just know it is meant to be..... (oh, and we both don't know what happened to the other girl, that clearly was not meant to be).

Bossy Betty said...

What a great story of a strong friendship and you have so many more adventures on the way!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I have a frien like that. We met in college in '98. Now she lives in Fort Lauderdale and I live in NC. So far apart, but still talk almost daily. I'm so happy for you, and yet jealous at the same time!

Katherine said...

How wonderful to have a friend like that. And even more wonderful that you will be close to each other again.

Sue said...

What exciting news! I would be so thrilled if my best friend moved back to California. How I miss her, and phone calls just aren't the same.

I am truly happy for you. Nothin' better than your BFF nearby. Well, I take that back. Having my sisters live near me would be even better! But this is definitely a close second...

=)

Barbara Rojas said...

BF are amazing! Glad that the two of you will be able to reconnect.

Much More Than Mommy said...

What an incredible story! :-) So glad you guys get to do life together nearby!!

The Empress said...

Friendships like that are wonderful.

Blessings to you both.

Cathy said...

How exciting!!! You girls sounds like you're going to have lots of fun being neighbors again!

Beth said...

Such a great friendship, and such a great turn of events that brings you back into each other's lives again. I'm really happy for you both. There's nothing like a good girlfriend!

Danielle said...

That is such a cool friendship story. I am gald she is coming back and you two can raise your kids together!

That One Mom said...

How awesome that she's moving back! I am so excited for you!

Whit said...

Great story! So glad she's moving back to GA!

Have fun!

Sandra said...

You know you're truly loved when someone lets you use them as a "hair model" when you're an apprentice!

Shell said...

How nice to have her back! LOL @ having a jealous fit if she were to have a girl. My BFF and I both only have boys.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

That is the sweetest story - despite the kookyness of it all. :) How wonderful that she's moving back! My BFF is in NYC and I'm in NC, and I know, it's rough! Congrats to her on her pregnancy!

SurferWife said...

awww! This was so sweet!! You and your bestie sound perfect for one another.

Thanks for playing.

Alicia said...

oh lady, i have a friend just like that and i was so freaking happy when she had a baby! so glad you have an ethel to your lucy :)

Tammy said...

Sounds like you have a great friend in her! Stopping by from FYL blog!