Thursday, June 26, 2008

Half a lifetime

This week, I realized that I will be turning 38 years old soon. The significance is, that 19 years ago, half my lifetime ago, is when Best Friend and I first met. A few years ago, I thought about this milestone and was looking forward to it, and now here it is.

We were housemates sophomore year in college and just clicked right away. We're both craft-y. One of the first things I remember doing together was putting together a Japanese paper box kit I brought from Taiwan. She taught me to crochet, cross stitch, and duplicate stitch onto sweaters. Both of us love the color red. But then I think so did everyone else in Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin, the land of red and white).

She's also a bit of a techno-geek. She was the first person I knew who had a laptop computer and would "log on" to something called a "list serve" but she had to be careful because she paid for only a set number of minutes. This was in the early 1990s. I had no idea what she was talking about.

I really admired her (still do). She put herself through college by working at McDonald's as a manager, and saved up enough to travel through Europe, making sure to stop in at McDonald's along the way.

She's been really, really, really active in local Democratic politics in Wisconsin, lived on a farm, and raised chickens, selling their eggs. She's worked in the nonprofit sector as well, is a vegetarian, and is now married to a botanist. She's living in Colorado now as a stay at home mom, organizing play groups, and making organic baby food for her kid.

Other than my relatives, she's the person I've known longest. I've known her longer than Husband, who came along 2 years later.

This week, I said, "hey! let's get together and celebrate!" She said, yes! let's!

So today Husband bought plane tickets (less than $250 each round trip, can you believe that?), reserved a hotel and car.

I don't know what we'll end up doing, but I'm sure it will involve crafting, talking, eating, politics, gardening, art, and lots of love and laughter.

I can't wait!


Stacey said...

What a fun trip down memory lane this was to read. I totally remember making that paper box. I still think the little drawers are/were cute. I can't wait to celebrate with you.

KnitTech said...

Sounds like you're going to have a good time.