Tuesday, September 16, 2008

in real life...

I met Emily the first year I taught high school. It was also the first year I taught, period. We were both new to the school and were among the youngest staff coming in. I would be teaching Art and Emily would be interpreting for a deaf student. I immediately thought that was cool.



Her student, Yvonnia, ended up taking three Art classes, so Emily was in my class everyday. While the students were working, we got to know each other. I learned a lot of sign language and she learned to paint a little. The second year we were there she was planning her wedding and I was planning the prom. I have already showed you our prom pics in another post. And she has shared about our Dawson's Creek obsession, so you know we were very girly together.



Let me say that Emily is one of the neatest people you will meet, in real life. She is a listener. A good one. And the advice she gives is spiritually grounded and is often right on the money. She is a good counselor and a great mom. And I can tell you that we can talk about any subject. ANY subject. Like how Emily got married before me and had already been on her honeymoon and so had plenty advice for little ol' me, get it?



Now, I don't get to see tons of Emily, cause I think I mentioned that she is a great mom, which means lots of time with her kids. And she and her husband are very involved with their church, so that means even more things that they are doing. Plus, if you read Emily, you know she is a decorating madwomen with a new house as a palette. Emily was a bridesmaid and photographer at my wedding. We weren't all digital back then, but trust me, her shots are better than the photographer that I paid $1500 to have.



But when we do meet up, it's good. We fall right back into conversation so easily. This past Saturday we made a date for brunch. Then brunch led to yardsaling. And pictures in my living room (and if we look pale, don't judge. We are both sick in this photo.) We wandered around my neighborhood looking for bargains and found an extra special one that I will share in my next post. I was so excited when I spotted this gem that I actually kicked my foot up behind me liked I had just been kissed.



Friendships that last over 10 years are hard to maintain. And we go through periods where the blogs are the only way we manage to catch up.



But, I am ever so glad she's only five minutes away from me. It's sad for the rest of you, I know. But hopefully someone is an Emily to you.



Oh, and somehow I blogged right on past my 100th post. This is number 108, folks!

11 comments:

Frizzy and Bird said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend and friendship. Everyone should have at least one friend like that. I know she feels the same about you. Also, congrats on your 100th post or should I say your 108th post!?

chickadee said...

it's so great to have a friend you can just pick up where you left off at. i have one of those.

Kat said...

My best friend and I are like that. But she lives way far away. I wish she would blog - then I might know as much about her life as she is able to find out about mine!

Lula! said...

Sissy, this was so sweet. I just love Emily...in a non-stalkerish, psychotic, I-don't-even-know-her kind of way. You are blessed to have her. She is blessed to have you.

Loved reading this.

Caroline said...

First, congrats on your 108th post. Second, I wish I could see Emily in "real life" again. She is a wonderful gal. And you don't look sick in the picture, but I will judge and say you look a little white. Too bad I wasn't in the picture, then it would have just whited out like a wedding dress with poor lighting. BTW, that almost happened with my photographer. Hey, Emily was at my wedding, why didn't she take pictures for me? I'll have to work on that one. Anyway, have a great day girl!

Rebekah said...

Happy blogaversary. My cousin and I are like that- we dont see each other often, but when we do it's like we were never apart

Scrapper Mom said...

That is so cool. I love friends. And I had no clue you and Emily knew each other in real life. Next brunch, invite me!!!!! Think I'd get there in time?

Belle said...

I know just what you mean. I went out to dinner last night with two friends who live and work near me but who I hardly ever get to see. We never missed a beat...just fell right back into our conversations like we'd chatted the day before. By the way, my first job was as a high school music teacher...

emily said...

How did I miss this?! It's a post all about me! You flatter me, my friend. I loved reading this...not only because it was all about me, but because it reminded me of how long we've been friends. I love you, girl. And I'm so glad you have a blog!

Caroline, I so don't remember being at your wedding. Are you sure you invited me? :) It is so unlike me to not take photos at a wedding. I just can't imagine...

And Sissy, thanks for not posting the photo that made me look 6 and a half months pregnant.

Heather said...

I AM so jealous!! I would've gone yard sale-ing and even made you both chicken noodle soup.

Debbie said...

Sissy...this was a sweet post...but you know what got my attention don't you? Dawson's Creek. And guess what they had all the seasons (except the first) on sale at Costco for $11.99. Oh yes they did. I bought em all and then came home and ordered Season 1 on Amazon for $19.99! They were as high as 30 and 40 bucks at one point. Ahh, I am so happy. I don't need a birthday or Christmas present this year.