There’s so much that I love about each of my closest friends…they all bring color to my life in their own unique ways. But the one thing they all have in common is that they truly understand me and what makes me tick. I’m so lucky in that regard. A few things have happened in the past couple of weeks that both make me laugh and remind me of how lucky I am to have these people in my life.
Brad and Annie got married a week ago. These two people are so amazingly special to me. In addition to being some of my first “music friends” in Charlotte, they are also two of the most wonderful people that you will ever meet. Annie is full of boundless positivity, has a kind word for everyone, and the most infectious laugh you’ll ever hear. Brad and I connected over music first, then became friends. He and I share a bit of the same outlook in life, he’s always willing to be an enthusiastic cohort for concerts, will never turn down meeting up for a beer, and gives great hugs! And the fact that they have found happiness together makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. There are few weddings I’ve ever been more excited to be a part of…so when they asked me if I’d address their wedding invites for them, I was more than happy to help out.
Out of the kindness of their hearts, they also invited me to attend their rehearsal dinner. They gave out little gifts to a lot of folks, including me, which was a real surprise. But the best part was yet to come. I looked at Annie and said, “Do you want me to open it now?” She said yes, then looked at the rest of the table and said, “The rest of you won’t understand why this is so fabulous, but she’ll get it.”
I opened the bag, and found one of the best presents EVER…
I LOVE Sharpies. I mean, really and truly love them. There are literally dozens laying around my house, in every color you can imagine, and I carry them with me all the time. On any given day, I usually have three or four floating around in my purse. The fact that Annie and Brad know this and knew how delighted I would be just tells you how extraordinary my friends are…
And then, this morning, another reminder of how my cup runneth over…My good friend Shelia sent me an e-mail with the subject line “This Quote Made Me Think Of You.” Shelia and I met because we were the only two people in Charlotte who were Gareth Asher fans early on…and along the way, we discovered we share a love of music, cocktails, and our home away from home – The Gin Mill. She’s introduced me to her first love of hockey, and I’ve made her suffer through Springsteen videos. She is an endless source of positive energy and laughter for me, and I’m so glad that we’ve become closer friends over the past year.
Anyway, her note this morning brightened my day…here’s what it said:
Minus the physicist part of course…
““If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.”
~ Albert Einstein
Just the fact that she took the time to send it makes me feel special…but the fact that she truly gets me and what makes me tick (and what doesn’t – the physicist thing made me laugh out loud because numbers make me cry) is really important to me.
I could go on and on about my friends and how enormously fabulous they are. But that would take days and days and pages and pages. However, today, these are the little things that are sitting in the cockle of my little heart…I’m just so lucky to have friends that love me for all of my little quirks and oddities, and encourage me to be who I am.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I have the best friends. Love you guys.