Juliemommy and I have been best buddies since I was 14 and she was 18. We met when I started dating her younger brother.
Julie introduced me to so much: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Blackberry brandy. Candy poker. I practically grew up at her house. Weekends – while her parents were at the camper. Holidays that my familyu wasn’t around for, or didn’t bother to celebrate. Her family celebrates EVERYTHING. There are tens of people over all the time, and they’ve watched me grow up. They’ve become my family, too.
Every day for two years, Julie picked me and her brother up at school and whisked us off . Sometime’s she’d pick us up DURING school 🙂 Ha ha. Sometimes they’d pack up the trunk with blankets and snacks and sing to me under the stars in the soccer field. They made my high school years… magical.
She fell in love and married her soulmate (don’t laugh, you.). I knew the minute I saw him he was going to be the father of her children. They have two – Livi’s a year older than Ava, Will’s a year younger. The kids adore each other.
Julie moved to Florida, then Virginia. I don’t know exactly how many years she was gone. She moved home soon after Will was born (he’s 3). I’m so glad she’s home.
We’re each other’s yin and yang. We hold each other steady. I’ve never met a person with a bigger heart. She gives all of herself to her family and her friends. To make their lives magical. And she succeeds.
I love you, lady. You’re my sister, if not by blood, by everything else there is.