Wednesday, December 2, 2009

For My Friend

A little over 22 years ago, I began my sophomore year of high school in San Francisco. Days before school started, I was in the office being registered, since I was coming from a high school in Detroit.  I was sitting there waiting for my mom to be done filling out paperwork when I looked over and saw a blonde girl, also sitting and waiting.  I smiled and said hi, then she smiled and said hi.  Then my mom was finally done and we were off.  On the first day of school, I was wandering around the hallway at lunch wondering what to do with myself. People just scattered in all different directions, with almost no one heading for the cafeteria.  I turned and there was that blonde girl from the office.  Man, I was so glad to see a familiar face, even if I didn't know her.  She saw me and appeared to be experiencing the same sense of relief.  Her name was Rachel and she was a freshman, newly planted from Fresno.  We decided to go explore this high school's lunchtime and see what kind of trouble we could get into.  Nah, we just tried to find something to eat.  I threw that last part in to see if my mom was paying attention. Anyway, we were instant best friends, and had no idea of the dances, cookie dough slumber parties, boys (ok, we saw that coming), ice cream orgies (cleaner than it sounds, i swear!), MUNI rides, McDonald's visits, NKOTB caused embarrassing moment, missed Madonna concert, years of laughter, tears, marriage and motherhood yet to come.  Phew.  So now we've come to one of those times when one of us needs a shoulder to lean on.  A little cheering up with happy thoughts & wishes.  So this was my little effort to bring a smile to her and her daughters in this very moment.  I won't put her business all out there (cuz i think all that above was plenty!) but I will say I'm thinking about her and her girls and I know everything will be fine, cuz they deserve it. Love ya girl!

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve), Scattered Showers & Fancy Flourishes (PTI), Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Aqua Mist (PTI), Paper: white & Aqua Mist (PTI), Melon Mambo (SU!), Accessories: Copics:


Anonymous said...

Awwwww, how sweet! Love the card color and the layout. And I saw that. I was always paying attention back then -- I had a teenage daughter! Now ... ?? Hey, you and Rachel were really pretty darned good, for teenage girls. :) I will always be thankful for that.
Love ya, Rachel!
Bestest Mom Ever

Anonymous said...

This is definately a happy card. Love the swirly strings on the balloons! Hope all is well with Rachel.

Your Favorite Aunt

Susan Raihala said...

How could your friend be anything but cheered by such a happy card!

Rachel said...

Aw- I love you!!!
This card has been on the kitchen counter all week, and I just packed it up to take to the hospital with us tomorrow morning, to cheer up Amanda's room for the days ahead...
Like I said before, thank you so much for the love and support. Knowing you are always there for me helps more than I can express.

Sleeping with tennis rackets, or crashlanded on a desert island with nothing but a banana leaf, we're friends til the end <3

Love you,

Angie said...

Adorable. I wouldn't of thought to use Fancy Flourishes for the strings.. Great idea.
I'm sure it cheered up your friend, Rachel.
Your a great friend !


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