I like these photos because they perfectly capture us in our natural awkward habitat.
Listen. I might not always do a great job at reminding you, but you’re pretty freakin special. Yes, in general. But also specifically to me. You’ve been there through the highs of my life (DTS, moving to Kona, SOMD, when I finally quit being a chicken and actually took my driver’s test), as well as the lows (high school marine biology, breakups, the day we left England, when Negan killed Glenn). You’ve been my travel companion, my business partner, my hype-woman, my partner in (contemplated but never actually committed) crime, and my oldest friend. We’ve dreamt big dreams together (I’m still not convinced that a mansion in the mountains full of nothing but books and dogs is such a terrible life plan), we’ve crossed things off our bucket lists together (I will NEVER stay the night in the JFK airport again, whether it gets me to Europe or not!), we’ve laughed so hard we’ve both cried and peed together (crackin’ open a cold one with “me hoy minoys”), and we’ve embarrassed ourselves countless times alongside one another (forget the fact that we used to bark at strangers, let us reminisce on the time we pulled up next to a car of young and attractive professionals whilst we screamed along to the Jonas Brothers as if we were 13). We may not hug often, but we should because we’re the perfect height for excellent hugs. We may not be able to function in social settings, but it’s okay because we can live vicariously through the cast of New Girl. We may not have normal senses of humor, but it works out because we somehow always laugh way too hard at all of the same things. And you know what? I’m really freakin happy that I get to awkwardly shuffle through this strange and fantastic life with you as my best friend.
Life wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous or hysterical without you. Thank you for putting up with my nonsense for 16 (I think it’s been 16 years now for like 3 years) awesome years. Thank you for being the perfect definition of a “BFF”. Thank you for being you. 👊🏻
Happy birthday, Bethy-Wan-Kenobi. I love you and I am so, so thankful for you.