Saturday, February 25, 2012
Can I talk for a little bit about my friend Molli? It is her birthday today and she's one of my favorite people in the whole world. In all fairness, this blog may be dripping in sappiness cause I really adore this girl, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Molli is one of the most positive, thoughtful, and hilarious girls I've ever met. Once, a girl at EA was telling me about how she saw this girl walk into Institute and it was like she was glowing she was so happy. It was Molli she was talking about, and to be honest I was totally jealous because one, I wish people said that about me, and two, I wish I had said that about Molli first. Regardless, it's true. Molli has this unique ability to shine her awesomeness to all the people around her and make everyone fall in love with her.
My first memory of Molli was on my first day of school after we moved to Thatcher at the end of my 4th grade year. Classmates were giving me a tour, and we walked by Eagle's Roost. Molli was sitting with Casey. One of my tour guides said, "That's Casey, he's kinda weird." Molli, loyal as ever, retorted right back, "He's not weird, he's my friend!" I can't say I remember much else about this day, but I'm so glad I remember this.
In 5th grade, I was best friends with Veronica. We were pretty much attached at the hip, so I was a bit surprised when one day she told me she wanted to be friends with Molli. Molli, the one who spends all her time playing basketball and riding bikes, with boys? I was fairly certain we had nothing in common but Veronica is very determined when she sets her mind to it. Molli showed up to our first joined sleepover and blew Veronica and I away when she pulled out the biggest nail polish collection we'd ever seen. This tomboy had another side to her that we were just beginning to discover.
The three of us joined forces and had a good amount of fun, holding sleepovers and playing ridiculous make-believe games where we were orphaned princesses on the run. I remember at one point being really jealous and thinking Veronica liked Molli more than me. I felt my best friend spot had been replaced, but slowly I grew to realize I was just now sharing that spot.
Molli and I stayed friends all through the roller coaster of middle school and high school. I honestly don't know why, because I was terribly awkward (not that that has really changed) and shy and generally uncool. Molli never wavered in her loyalty and really was my constant through those years. Friends and groups changed and evolved, but I always knew Molli would be my friend. I think it was that stability that kept me sane.
In college, we had the pleasure of living together for a year. Living with your best friend is a bit of a risk, but it really worked out better than we could have imagined and we came out of it, friendship stronger than ever. We made so many good memories in that Howards apartment, and I will always remember that time fondly. Listening to copious amounts of The Shins, powerboxing our neighbors late at night, giggling together each night before we fell asleep, throwing spontaneous dance parties, burying a pumpkin, trick or treating in the spring, watching movies and eating ice cream, trolling WalMart, finding random apartment decorations, not cleaning our room, making fun of ourselves, and just all around enjoying life.
We're older and wiser now, married and living in different states. The distance sucks but we make it work, cause that's what best friends do. Molli is also growing a little baby girl and I couldn't be happier! Molli has had her fair share of trials, but she stayed SO positive through all of them. This girl has an endless supply of optimism and it's contagious to anyone around her. She carries herself with grace and a sense of humor through any situation. She's such a strong woman and her daughter is so lucky to grow up with Molli as a mother.
To sum it all up, I really love this girl. I'm so incredibly blessed to have her and I love knowing that no matter how old I get or where I live or what I'm doing, I will always have my best friend.