As I am reading The Girls From Ames for my book club, I am constantly being reminded of my childhood best friend, Megan, and it is the perfect time to write our chapter. I’m pretty sure we spent every second of our lives together in elementary school. Literally. Every second. We had zillions of sleepovers together, we took vacations with our parents together, we played on sports teams together, we lived in the same neighborhood and we played outside all summer together, and we longed for and loved when a snow day arose allowing for us to spend a day together sipping hot chocolate and cross stitching. We were definitely the goodiest two shoes who ever walked the earth! I remember playing a restaurant game during recess…we sat at the bench and pretended to sell and serve food to people…ironically, we were acting a lot like fast food employees. We played tons of Mario Brothers, and I always wanted to play Nintendo at her house because she had Mario 3 and I only had Mario 2. When she got her first boyfriend in fifth grade, I got my first boyfriend shortly after. I remember I was jealous when she told me she got her first bra before me. I think my mom took me out to buy a bra then, even though I was not even close to needing one.
The truth is, I cannot really recall any memories from elementary school without her!
We began to grow a part after the sixth grade, but when we would get back together we always picked up where we left off. There were no awkward silences, and it was just like no time had passed between us. I could still be that silly girl talking in an alien voice shaking my booty to “Whoomp There It Is”!
As we have gotten older, the time between our meetings have become further and further apart. Life happens. For Megan, med school happens (yay for her!) and now marriage (double yay!)
Tomorrow we are celebrating her marriage like in the olden days…with our moms and my sister. The only real difference is that her and my sister and I will have our other halves with us! This will be the first time we have all gotten together like this in…..well, I can’t really remember when! It has probably been a good four or five years…at least. I’m sure, though, that it will be wonderful.
And as I am reading the book and reminiscing on our friendship, I realize that I wouldn’t be the girl I am today without Megan. Maybe we were goody two shoes, but I am proud of my “goodness,” and had I been friends with anyone else, I may not have turned out the way I am. Megan made me ambitious and determined…to her and our friendship I am forever grateful!