Today is a great day. Today is the day of birth of one of my favorite people on this planet. My sweet and wonderful best friend. In the third grade, I sat next to this little brown haired girl. I initially was drawn to her because of her insane collection of Lip Smackers and I just wanted a shot at sharing those with her. After exchanging crucial third grade information, I learned she didn’t like The Rugrats. I thought to myself, “Well there goes that Mocha Chip gloss I had my eye on, this girl is a weirdo.” I didn’t know it then, but I would eventually learn to look past this obvious character flaw. Since then, we have been inseparable. I’m still trying to put my finger on the best way to describe our relationship, because “best friend” isn’t even the half of it and “sister” just sounds stupid. We’re at the “an aunt is convinced we’re a couple” level, and I’m sure she’s not the only one. Do with that what you will.
Rose and I have gone through a lot together, both in our friendship and in our own lives. There is not a single thing I wouldn’t do for her. I trust her more than I trust myself most days (except that one day she woke up and decided shed wanted a cat, even though she hates cats…) When people use the word “soulmate”, everyone always jumps to a romantic connotation. But I don’t think it has to be. I think there are certain people you meet in your life who you just connect with more than anyone else and you know it isn’t just a typical thing. You understand each other in a way that’s almost unnatural. Her strength astounds me. Whatever else I say here doesn’t do her justice.
So Rose, thank you. Thank you for being my wonderful, beautifully kindhearted best friend. Thank you for helping me through things that I know I couldn’t have gotten through without you. Thank you for believing in me always. Thank you for being game for whatever bizarre (and sometimes dangerous) adventures we craft up. Thank you for being a friend that makes me the best version of myself. Thank you for being the person I can count on today, tomorrow, next month and 20 years from now. I simply adore you.