December 3: I’m Glad We Met
People come and go from our lives. Some people stay for the long run, but some stay for a short period of time and leave us when we’re most vulnerable. Have you met anyone this year that changed your life forever? Did you rekindle a friendship/relationship this year that you thought had died long ago?
So, once upon a time, I was a lanky 17 year old that had just moved to Pennsylvania to finish out high school, and instead of just trying to fit in like I always did, I just existed. I participated in extra curricular activities and student government and made a lot of friends. I was a member of my vocational school’s chapter of Skills USA (formerly Skills USA-VICA), as well as the secretary of said chapter. In my post, I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership conference in the Poconos, as well as a state Quiz Bowl competition in Pittsburgh, and a national Quiz Bowl competition in Kansas City, MO.
We took a spiffy chartered bus to our leadership conference in the Poconos, and on our way up, I sat next to a girl named Shana. We didn’t know each other outside of our normal chapter meetings, since she was the vice president and I was secretary. So we’re making some light small talk, when Shana realizes that her headphones were broken. I had over-ear headphones that were separated, so I offered to share them.
It was then that our friendship bloomed over a mutual love of Jason Mraz’s “The Remedy”. That same trip, we went to McDonald’s and bought 15 hash browns so we could try and win Monopoly pieces. Because you know, that’s what takes priority when you’re 17 and on a road trip away from home.
After we graduated, I moved to Phoenix, and we lost touch. When Facebook came about, we both found each other again, so we were able to keep in touch that way.
It wasn’t until about 2009-2010 that we REALLY reconnected on Facebook, so when the time came for Mr. Fox and I to move back to Philly, we were both SUPER excited. While I had been gone, I missed the birth of Shana’s son Justin, and I was really really looking forward to getting to know him more, and just generally rekindling our friendship.
Have you ever had a great friend that you lost over time, and then found again and pretty much picked up right where you left off? Yup, that was exactly what happened. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Shana knows when to call me out on my shit, and believe me, she does when it needs to be done. I can also call her out on her shit and be forgiven immediately. We can usually tell what the other is thinking, even before we do something. And we call on each other when we’re down or upset.
Oh and, we speed away from places blaring “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift from the stereo. And have no qualms about sending each other text messages full of random phallic eggplants.
Thanks for being there Shae. You’re one of a kind. <3