Tomorrow, December 5, is the birthday of one of my nearest and dearest friends, Tammy.
When we were little, Tammy and I and our sisters Sonya and Cindy formed a club! The four us loved to laugh so we thought we’d expand that into this sisterhood. We lived around the corner from each other so we had lots of play time.
One day I will never forget was in third grade. Tammy and I were talking in the class. Our teacher, Mr. Toler, sent us to the closet since we were in trouble. Instead of being quiet, we moved all of the backpacks out of the bottom of the closet and then continued talking. I think after that we were sent to the principal’s office.
When we were in the 8th grade, Tammy and her family moved away because of her father’s transfer of work. For a young girl like me who was painfully shy, this was devastating! I remember when I found out and how sad I was.
But we have managed to keep in touch and stay friends over the years! Isn’t that cool? Even though we don’t see each other all of the time, we still can pick up from where we left off and always have lots to talk about!
When Kirk and I married, I had hoped that Tammy was going to be able to come to the wedding, but she told me over the phone, no. Then what do you know, she surprised me and showed up on the day before our wedding! My family was in on it and they all pulled one over on me.
I remember how happy and truly blown away I was. It took me a while to compose myself after crying some happy tears. My oldest friend was there on my wedding day. If only I had known she would be there, I would have had her as one of my bridesmaids.
Now, we are both married and have kids – I have one and she has four amazing kids. Three girls and a boy. This past summer we saw them at the beach and the boys had fun playing together and we had fun catching up.
It is never enough time but I am always blessed to have time with my dear friend and see her with her precious family. The kids are well-behaved and fun to be with. Tammy’s oldest daughter looks like she did as a child. And the other kids look like some of Tammy’s sisters.
Having a friend for most of your life is a real and amazing blessing. I thank God for bringing Tammy into my life and for keeping her there for all of these years.
Tammy, may you have a wonderful birthday! Love you my friend. And never forget, AGADKTGA!!!!!!!!!!!