Back in 2013, I took an epic road trip with my kids, from Seattle, to Fort Collins, Colorado to Las Vegas and then back to Seattle. We were traveling for about 17 days and in that time my car died (in Fort Collins) and I had to buy a new one, we "broke in" my best friend to having kids in her house so she was prepared to have her own, and we just had a great time. Some people think I am crazy for traveling in the car with my two small kids for that long, but really, my kids do so fabulously well in the car, and they also love to travel, so it wasn't bad at all!
While we were in Fort Collins, my best friend (and she is quite possibly my bestest friend in all the land) took us out hiking...often. I know how overwhelming it can be hosting guests, and then add two small kids to that guest when you aren't used to having small children around...I'd keep them out and do my best to wear them out too! And that is precisely what happened, every day, we went out and did something and by the end of the day, the kids and I were so exhausted we couldn't stand up straight. On one of our hikes, we collected sticks along the way, Lucy thought this was the best!
And I liked that they were collecting sticks because I knew I wanted to make a frame to remember our trip by. It's not often I get to Colorado to see my friend, and now that she has a baby of her own, I am sure it will be quite some time before she comes to visit me. But the best part about having a Bestest Friend of All Time, is that you don't have to see each other often to still be besties. You don't have have to talk all the time either.
I spray painted the frame blue using Krylon's Bahama Sea
And as it was drying, I thought about the evolution of our friendship while hot gluing the sticks down.
Christina and I met in 7th grade and we hated each other...I don't remember why. We were complete opposites, I was loud and obnoxious and she was quiet and timid. Her mom also didn't like me for a while, again, because I was loud and because I wore the most hideous and darkest of make up too, I looked like a hoodlum that was up to no good, I don't blame her for not liking me.
But as the years went on, Christina and I became good friends, then best friends, and then The Bestest of Friends of All Time. I worked for her mom for a short period of time in high school and while she went off to college in Reno, I stayed in Las Vegas, but every time she came back to visit, she always had a home with me.
Christina and I have been through so much together and share so many similar family issues that it's easy for us to support each other and be there just to listen when one of us needs to talk (which is usually me because it's really hard to get me to shut my mouth sometimes.
And as a funny side story, I remember she called me once back about 6 years ago and told me she put me down as a reference for a job, she told me to please answer my phone when they called. I am not sure how much help I was when they did call me...they asked about her character and I told them that she was one of the greatest people I knew and that she was true and loyal and that I couldn't imagine my life without her. I also told them, that you could never play Scrabble with her because she is terribly competitive and we didn't talk for three weeks when we were 17 because she accused me of cheating while keeping score (mind you I wasn't and she was already winning by 80 points). The recruiter just laughed and said it sounded like she was a great friend. And she is...to say the least.
She also got that job.
She is my dearest friend, and I miss her terribly, and I am so proud to call her my friend. And I hope she will love this frame when she eventually gets it (since it will take me forever to actually mail it).