Friday, March 4, 2011

The Weekend/Day 2

Day 2 of the 30 day blog challenge: A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

This post is a little bittersweet for me. I had a long time childhood friend named Rebecca that I was friends with for 24 years. Born 9 days apart & our parents being friends long before we came along, we inevitably became each others shadow. Going to separate schools, we each had our own groups of friends and drifted apart a bit - that is until college. We realized during senior year we were both attending UW-Whitewater and couldn't be happier. We had our circle of friends we shared together, as well as our other groups. I joined a sorority, she didn't really support it. Slowly we drifted apart again: she had graduated on time, I took a year longer because I changed majors after my sophomore year. She was engaged, I just had my heart broken after a 4 year relationship. We weren't making time for one another and were at different places in our life. It came to a head when I was un-invited to be an attendant in her wedding last summer. It was hard to take, and even harder to attend the wedding (my mother insisted I go or I would regret it). We fell apart. And when I don't think about it that much, it doesn't hurt. But I miss her & I'm not sure if we could repair what we lost.

Now, after that long explanation, comes the sweet part: my best friend Madeline (pictured above). I have been friends with her since our freshmen year of high school. We had lockers next to each other all 4 years, and although we weren't always best friends, she has become someone irreplaceable in my life. Through college, hookups, break ups, fights, drunk nights & everything in between we have remained so close. We have been friends now for over 11 years and I cherish every memory we have together. She is my "go-to" gal when I need advice or to bounce an idea off of someone. She is always there to listen and honestly supports me in everything I do.  We have a good balance of playing the callee and caller (callee = the person who never calls anyone, ppl always call them; caller = the person who is always calling other people) which is important. I always say that Madeline can hear me even if she's not listening. My life would be very different without her and am so thankful for the friendship we share. 

 I am so excited for this weekend with the exception of the snow/rain mixture of today & tomorrow. Tomorrow Madeline & I are supposed to be going shopping at the Kenosha outlets. I am looking for some work clothes, brown work shoes, jeans & a shirt/outfit for a birthday party we're attending tomorrow night. Hopefully I find all of those items and I don't spend a fortune!  I hoping tomorrow is just like my picture - a girl with tons of sale items in her bags! 

Have a great Friday friends!


Megan said...

awww have a great weekend! i have driven past the kenosha outlets many times before! one of my closest friends is from oconomowoc, so when i go visit her, i drive through that area!

great blog! def following you now girl!

<3 megan

Madeline said...

Thank you Ashley for always being an amazing friend to me!

"I love how she makes me feel, like anything's possible, or like life is worth it.
-500 Days of Summer "

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