Okay, so. Next month I'm hopping on a plane to Virginia for my East Coast Bestie's XXth (redacted to protect my ass) birthday. Why?? Because she sent me a text message asking me to. I'd actually been thinking about flying up & surprising her anyway. It's been a couple of years since we've seen each other & we need some face-to-face.
This woman has been my friend for 20 years now. We've been friends this long despite distance because I can do things like text her the link to The Bloggess' latest post and she GETS it. I don't get any questions. There's no lengthy discussion, just "Yeah, I think I'd have to pass on that". Then when I text her back with "It does NOT seem full of awesome". She responds simply "No awesome at all".
Yes, in 20 years, there have been arguments. We'd go months without speaking then one of us would call the other one up and be all "What's up Sugartits??" and things would be fine. Now, thanks to smartphones, we can just send each other ecards and memes with gratuitous use of the word "Fuck" and everything will be okay. We're awesome like that. And kinda lazy & vain. Holding grudges causes wrinkles people!! And it's WORK. We avoid WORK as much as possible. Mostly because it's hard & distracts us from the important things in life. Families, shoes, purses, coffee, & wine. Not necessarily in that order.
ECB has seen me through TWO divorces, TWO weddings, THREE childbirths, several moves, Miss A moving away, The Darkness, and trivial bitching when necessary. She has always been forthright in her opinions. Never shying away from what really needed to be said. She has also been the first person to tell me "I hate him/her!! I hope he/she DIES!!". She'd also be right there helping me plan their demise, if necessary.
ECB & I got off to a rocky start but that woman has my back any day of the week, no matter where in the world she is. She'll cut a bitch.
And THAT'S why I love her.