She’s snoozing away next to me at this moment in time. At this moment in time *in* Australia. I repeat, *in* Australia.
Seeing her walk out of the Brisbane airport gate was surreal; she was the first familiar-from-home face I had seen in the past fifteen months and absolutely one of my favourites. I felt overwhelmed with love when I saw her, and just wanted to touch her and hug her and tell her ‘omg, you’re here! YOU’RE HERE!’ And she was. Ready to take Australia by storm.
We met on the first day of high school and were instant friends. We were the two new kids, the two awkward new kids, and bonded instantly at our fashion faux-pas (her in pants in a sea of kilts, and me with unshaven legs & fuzzy hair - don’t ask).
This year marks fourteen years of friendship for her and I, and I feel so lucky to call this lady my best friend. We are so different, and yet so similar, and I feel like we are always constantly learning from each other. I live vicariously through her stable life at home (she’s gonna buy a house soon, as well as be an accountant!), and just today she noted that she admires my experiences and that I inspire her(!). (I am so happy & humbled I inspired her to run three half marathons.)
Without question, she is the kindest person I know, and I have to hang my head in shame when I think of my response to her wise words about my whole Matt situation - she always (always) wants what’s best for me. Her ability to balance her boyfriend, a full-time job, her faith, studying for her CPA, exploring the city of Toronto, heading to concerts, and staying on top of things has always left me amazed. She is beautiful, and funny, and someone who I certainly not only look up to (pun! as she is tall!), but also respect the hell out of.
She has been by my side through many stages in my life (first kiss, to sexy times, to heartbreaks, to finding new jobs, places to live, friend fights, etc.) and travelled to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Aruba and now (yay!) Australia with me and showed me that, umm, Liz, Toronto is a pret-ty awesome city too.
The past two weeks have been the trip of a lifetime. Two friends who know each other inside & out exploring Down Under together. It’s a trip that until the day I die will mean so much to me, and the fact she was willing to visit me will not soon be forgotten.
Angela, you continue to inspire, amaze and support me; thank you. Thank you for the peeing-my-pants laughing moments, for the love, support and kindness you constantly show me (and the people around you), and for booking those tickets to Australia. The thought of you leaving on Sunday hurts my heart, but I’ll soon be home in Toronto and ready for our kayaking adventures, lazy swimming pool days, Starbucks dates, and dinner dates.
And although I have no idea what the future holds for our two lives (good things I’m sure!), I have no doubt you’ll always be in that special friendship part of my heart, and we’ll always, always, remember Australia, as the best days of our lives.
Love you! x
(say cheese! this pic is more for the sunset, than us (because whoa), but still, yay!)