I had a birthday party when I turned 16. Southern Mom made me invite an old friend…we’ll call her Alicia. We had been friends for about 3 years, until about two months prior. I’m not sure why I didn’t care for Alicia anymore, but my mom made me invite her because she included me in her birthday plans, which was about three months before mine. At my party, I didn’t really talk to her too much, and she ended up spending most of her time with my “crush”, Anthony. Anthony was my middle school boyfriend and ended up being my prom date two years later. But at the time, I was too…teenager-y to admit that I really liked Anthony. In any event, my two best friends Shayla and Carmen had my back at my birthday party. As we huddled up and watched Alicia and Anthony, I distinctly remember them not liking Alicia even more because she was all over “my” man. We did what girls tend to do-being snarky, petty, and vicious. I’m not sure if Alicia felt our eyes on her and Anthony for most of the night, but I felt awesome since my girls had my back.
Southern Cousin is probably one of the people I’m closest to. Yes, we’re family, but I honestly feel that if we weren’t related, we would be friends. (Hopefully she feels the same way.) Even though most times when I reach out to her, she always thinks something’s wrong, her first concern is that I’m always ok. She indulges me when I need to vent, she always offers great advice, and she even laughs at me in all of my ridiculousness (which is actually a good thing). Southern Cousin brings me down to earth and reiterates that the stuff I think is pseudo life or death really isn’t that serious.
My linesister, Vanessa, and I have always had a great relationship, before we even pledged. But I think our sisterhood has solidified our friendship. As I was taking her to the airport a few weeks ago, I was relating how a person really close to me kinda did me dirty…and how I’ve always done nice things for them, not because I was expecting something in return, but because that’s who I am as a person. I also told her how Southern Dad was kinda annoyed at the situation as well and how he kept reiterating that I needed to be sure I’m not taken advantage because of my nice, kind nature. It was funny how she felt the same way he did-she was PISSED! And I so appreciated it.
Over my life, I have been blessed with having awesome friends come into my life. They support me, the entertain my wacky ideas, and they always have my back. Hopefully, you’ve been blessed to have great people come into your life. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Names have been changed to protect the guilty. 🙂