This week’s host, Willowtree, says, ” “Tell us about your best friend. Particularly things like: where you first met, how long you’ve been friends and why you think you are best friends” Then he adds the stipulation that we can’t wimp out and say our spouse is our best friend. (WHY can’t I use him as my best friend? He is my hero and bestest friend ever! How’s that for sucking up???)
I’m having a hard time deciding just who my best friend is. I have a lot of superficial friends…acquaintances if you will. But I tend not to let anyone get too close to me. When someone does manage to break through my wall,to know and accept the real me, we truly are best friends forever.
I think the person that I feel closest to in my life right now, would have to be Jeanne. She’s someone that really “gets” me. (Although she may be silently laughing at me) She accepts the person that I really am. And I do the same for her.
We first met with a phone call…a very long phone call. (It seems that in order to get to bff status with me, you have to be a long-winded talker). She wanted to know if I wanted to start a Girl Scout Troop with her. Then she talked and asked a zillion questions about everything under the sun. Basically, I think she was checking me out to see if she really wanted to do this with me. I must have passed because we ended up starting a troop together for the sake of our daughters.
Now, you have to understand that Jeanne and I are pretty much complete opposites. (Much in the way that Shaun and I are) I can say with almost complete confidence that I drove her nuts in that first year. (Hmmm, much in the same way I do with Shaun…) She has a Type A personality. Everything needs to be ready and done “just so”. I, on the other hand, am very laid back and just like to see how things play out. (Always an interesting combination!)
We ended learning to deal with each other’s quirks and becoming a pretty great team. We spent a lot of time together as we took those little girls to plant trees, on nature hikes, canoeing and camp outs. We came up with some pretty interesting field trips and “out there” craft projects. (Yeah, those would be my idea).
After a few years, we were all getting too busy to keep the troop going. Yet, Jeanne and I weren’t ready to let go of each other. So we haven’t. We don’t see each other nearly as often as we would like to, yet we always know that we are only a phone call away.
Here’s to you Jeanne!