When we were younger ... junior high, early high school ... Amber and I both had the sort of homes we loved to abandon - if only for a little while. We'd hop in the car and gab and sing and laugh and window surf (until the preacher saw us). We'd spend countless hours at each other's places, dreaming of the time we could hop in the car and ride forever, sans our mothers' be home by... following us out the door.
Ah yes. Heh-heh. What we could only dream of then we do now. It's fun how friendship and girlhood dreams sometimes come full circle, isn't it?
Yep, Amber called me recently and we formulated a plan: gorge ourselves on Chinese food (although we're both on diets - she on the anti-white food diet, me on Weight Watchers. But it was a buffet. You cannot be on a diet anywhere there's all-you-can-eat pork. Are you kidding me? When did a diet ever keep a good girl down?)
Oh, but yeah. The plan. It was to get full on Chinese, and ended with fueling up Amber's beautimous Ford Falcon and going for a drive.
Omgosh, it was the stuff teenage dreams are made of.
After I got in the driver's side, slumped in, and insisted on hiking my leg up and through the rolled down window, Amber took my picture and we were off. She drove, of course. It's her fantastic car... she's cool that way. Besides, I thought maybe she could use a shot of remember-what-it's-like-to-be-in-the-car-with-crazy-Brin. I grinned and shrieked and cackled as we turned out onto the open road - sans seat belts, of course - and took in the scenery. It was liberating. It was exhilarating.
I was a little crazy, I think.
But Amber, calm but feisty, sweet but hilarious Amber, took me all in stride. She has to, you know, we've been friends since ancient times.
Anyway, all this to say that girlfriends are truly special, are they not? Whether you're a new friend or have been with me since Aquanet-sprayed bangs, I just wanted you to know that I adore each of you and hope you're well today. Thanks for blessing my life with such great moments, great memories, and great trips!
(And to you, Am... I love ya! Thanks for gassing up the old Falcon and driving Miss Crazy!)
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.