I know you're all sitting on the edge of your chairs to find out what my big secret plans were this past weekend (ha ha) but really, I wasn't trying to keep you all in suspense. I flew to Baltimore for my best-friend-since-we-were-13's surprise bridal shower. And while I'm pretty sure she's not a regular reader of the blog, I couldn't risk letting the cat out of the bag, especially when we only had one more day to keep the secret.
Do you think she was surprised?
Kate and I met in the 7th grade. I was sitting in the lunch room, crying about some stupid boy who I had been going out with (read: passing notes to asking him if he liked me, circle YES or NO) and through my tears I heard someone else crying from across the table.
I looked up and saw this tall girl with striking red hair. I gave her a questioning look and she said to me, through her sobs, no one cries alone *sniffle* when I'm around *sniffle*
It was so funny and comforting, this strange girl crying with me, I think we both started to laugh as we cried.
What she said might sound kind of weird to anyone who doesn't know her, but the depth of Kate's empathy and sympathy towards people is awe-inspiring. She is always the first to reach out to someone in need, friend or stranger alike, and now she works as a child-life specialist in the PICU at a large urban hospital, which means she works with children who are very very sick to help them and their families cope with their illnesses.
Kate has taught me so much about what it means to be a friend, and what it means to live in earnest and with passion, and I am very fortunate to have her in my life.
So, we spent all day Saturday playing silly shower games with her friends and family (that's her Grandma in the middle - isn't she adorable!?) and opening gifts and all that fun stuff.
Then when the crowds cleared out, we sat and talked into the wee hours (4am?), in the same room where we layed on our bellies, talking into the wee hours when we were 14 and went trick-or-treating for the last time, rehashing all the fun of the night, and divvying up all the good candy.