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Sunday, 8 September 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,

to my two best friends, Laura and Lisa.
We have been through hell and back together but we just become stronger with each passing year. 
I am beyond lucky to have these two as my best friends. People often say that it is hard being in a group of friends that include three people because often one person gets left out. I don't believe that to be true at all, at least not in our case. The three of us are so similar, yet so different, and we each have something to bring to the table. The two of them keep me grounded, and they inspire me in a million different ways.

Lisa is like my other half. We have so much in common that it's actually quite frightening, and we've become so close that we can usually tell what the other person is thinking. We bond over our similar taste in music and TV shows. I remember back in high school when we used to spend our lunches listening to bands like Sum 41 and blink-182 on her MP3 player. When we hang out we have a blast trying new and exciting things or just simply by watching TV and eating junk food (multigrain Tostitos for her, ruffle chips and onion dip for me). We bicker and fight like an old married couple but my favourite part about our relationship is that we don't hold anything back. If something is bothering one of us, we're going to let the other person know as soon as humanly possible. We don't play mind games - we just throw everything out on the table. What I admire most about Lisa is strength and her openness. Her artistic abilities are also something that I really admire and are something that I'm quite envious of. Lisa is someone who is, without question, always there for me. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is, or how stupid my problem may actually be, she'll be there to listen and support me no matter what.

I don't really know how to describe my relationship with Laura. We're both so incredibly weird that nothing we do surprises the other any more. She's someone that shares a lot of the same passions as me, such as fashion, and we love to joke around with each other (although the people around us don't tend to get our humour, including/especially Lisa). Laura knows how to bring a smile to my face no matter my mood, and I think her positive energy and bubbly personality is what drew me in to her to begin with. The best thing about Laura, in my opinion, is that she will never judge me, no matter how stupid or selfish I can be. Laura is often the first person to help out when needed and the first person to offer a plan or a solution to an issue. Over the years she has gone from putting chicken nuggets in the toaster to becoming a wiz with her crock pot and her now healthy cooking is something I often crave.

I'll love these two girls forever and their friendship is something I'll cherish for the rest of my life. They, as well as their parents, have become like a second family to me and I really don't know where I'd be if I didn't have them in my life. So thank you girls for the past seven years of my life, cheers for us having at least seventy more.

"The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t. But, in the end, they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself." - Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and The City

Lisa and me being awkward in 2008 | Laura and me being silly in 2009 | Laura and Lisa in 2009
On Skype as they blew out their candles on their birthday in 2010, when I lived in London, Ontario for a short bit.
Apparently we don't have many recent pictures of the three of us - but I adore this one from 2010.

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