smile friday: this crew (emel, patrick & ben) makes me real happy.
i’ve been friends with patrick & ben since i was 13-ish years old (oh hey, freshman year of high school!)
they’ve seen me through awkward life stages, given me solicited & unsolicited advice about guys, seen me dressed up at prom & at show choir competitions, we’ve witnessed the highs & the lows, stayed in touch while attending three separate colleges & two different graduate programs…
& while i adore how much these two guys have stood by my side for 14 years, i thank them on a regular basis for introducing me to emel almost 4 years ago.
since our first meeting, our foursome has never looked back—we’re honest to the core, believe that anything goes & we never judge a word that escapes our mouths.
right now, Ben is the only one out of indy, but we’re crossing our fingers he returns real soon.
until then, our efforts to remain active in each other’s lives will stay the same—i mean, after so many years, they have way too much dirt on my life to leave now!
(picture taken last night at Bluebeard where the weather was perfect for outdoor dining & the host was kind enough to take a snapshot of our little crew.)
I have to echo Brooke’s thoughts. It started out as a high school get together (that I was politely invited to join even though I didn’t attend high school with these three). Then I started following Brooke’s blog and realized how I could easily be friends with her and real life. And so…we became friends in real life…just like that!