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November 5, 2013

Best friend

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Yesterday was my best friend's birthday.  Beth is the kind of friend that everyone needs in their life!

We met when we were four years old.  We lived on the same street, but I had to get across the street and walk past a few houses to get to her house.  Kindergarten was with Mrs. Maki.  We got to play "house", sing songs, and celebrate graduation with a pinata!

Our moms started a Brownie troop for us and many other girls.  We had great times playing with Barbies, riding bikes, and spending long hours on the swing set.  At the end of 4th grade, her parents found a new house in a town a few minutes away.  My parents were looking for a new house that spring, too.  The universe wanted us together... our parents (unknowingly) bought houses four lots away from each other on the same street!

Throughout the years, we've been very close, traveled in different circles, had a variety of other friends and interests.  This hasn't stopped us from picking right back up where we left off, every time we talk.

Beth is caring, kind and selfless.  She's organized, thoughtful, and gives you just enough of a push to get you going when you're stuck.  She can handle the most stressful situation with ease and poise.  You may think she's a pushover, but she's far from it!

Happy birthday to my best friend, 40 years and counting!  Thanks for always being there for me and my family.  You are a treasure!


  1. Friends like these are meant to be cherished! I hope you are able to celebrate with her!

  2. What a treasure! How lucky for you! What a sweet slice for a birthday treat! Hope you share this with Beth!!!

  3. I totally agree with Michelle. What an amazing gift to have known each other for so long. I hope you will share this with her!

  4. Friendships like you have with Beth don't come along every day. I'm sure she cherishes your friendship as much as you do. A great tribute to your best friend.

  5. Beth sounds like such a dear friend. How lucky you are to have each other in your lives for so many years!