I’m an odd one, I’ve always had friends but I’ve never really had that group of girls who always had your back, at least not until this year. But, when asked about my best friend, there’s really only one person I can answer with, I’ve known her the longest of any of my friends and although we’ve had a few bumps over the years, we might as well be sisters.
I officially met A in Year 7, our names were next to each other’s alphabetically and so on all the secondary school assigned seating plans, we were always next to each other. We bonded over not being the popular ones, and soon found our feet as best friends.
If there was one thing that defines A, it would be her love of animals, her horse and her dog mean the world to her and if you can’t get passed that, you won’t be a part of her life. The yard is her second home and she can’t comfortably watch a movie unless her Jack Russel is curled up on her knee.
She grew up in the village next to mine, and, each year our family would go to the Christmas Party at the pub in her village, turns out, A’s family would always go as well and we remember playing party games together as toddlers. It’s crazy thinking that back then we had no idea we’d be such strong friends.
My favourite memory of A is the night before our joint 16th birthday party (her birthday is the day before mine so we’ve always had joint parties) I fell down the stairs and badly sprained my ankle. A, being the loving friend she is, laughed all the way to minor injuries. Well later that night, after we’d finished organizing decorations and decorating cakes, A discovers that, in spite of the swollen and painful ankle, I was still intent to sleep walk and spent the next half an hour watching me hobble around my bedroom and landing fast asleep turning lights on and off. Her face as she informed me of the hilarity the next day was priceless.
Mine and A’s song is an unusual one, it’s Fifteen by Taylor Swift. I love it because there’s a line that’s identical to how A and I became best friends, if you’re a swifty I’m sure you can figure out the line!
She’s one of the most kindhearted people I’ve ever known and she hasn’t got it in her to hate anybody, plus she puts up with my complete nerdiness, what more could a girl ask for in a best friend?
So, A, thank you for being there all these years, and here’s to another 12 years of friendship.
Who’s your best friend? Why not tell me your favourite memory with them?