There are a lot of unspoken emotions behind this post so I am very glad that no-one can see me typing it! Please excuse the sappiness and remember that as you read, some things just won't make sense because you weren't there but the one who was KNOWS!!
This is my very dearest friend Tara and today is her birthday! A few years ago for her birthday, her mom wanted to know who she wanted to invite for her birthday dinner and she mentioned our mutual friend Sherry, and little (?) ole' me. I had a great Sunday dinner with her and her other friends and family and somehow, shortly thereafter, we started "hanging out" a lot more. As a general rule, we have lunch once a week and it is a GOOD thing we do!! For the record, we are very, very different in a lot of ways but my life is so much better because of her.
Tara, I will forever be grateful for the friendship we have! After my husband, you are the dearest friend I have. If I want to shop, you are the person I call. If I want to eat, you are the one I call. If I want to cry, you are the one I call. If I want to laugh, you are the one I call. If I want to scream, you are the one I call. No matter what I am doing, you are ALWAYS there for me. We have shared more laughs and tears in the past couple of years than most people should be allowed! We will probably never be able to forget our horrible waitress at Applebees. And - the one at Ruby Tuesday's that always knew what we wanted before we sat down! Then of course, there were our trips to Longhorn! Those will go down in history as HILARIOUS! Oh yea - what about the couples at my house after camp that night? And of course, those rare occasions when I have sat "in the back church" and you shared your candy!! I am thrilled beyond words that I was privileged to be around for the big "house building" and the shopping and the decorating and the cleaning! Oh yes - the cleaning!! TWO BIG HOURS BEFORE YOUR HOUSEWARMING PARTY!!!!!!!! I have no idea what I would do without your friendship. You have freely accepted me for who I am and what I am with no questions. We have certainly shared a lot of struggles and I hope no one ever tortures you to get information about me!!!! You are one of the kindest, most gentle, most caring, most compassionate people I know! Your tender spirit can be matched by no-one!
So, one your special day, please have a wonderful day and know that you have a friend who thinks you are the BEST!!!!!