When I was a kid, I never thought the day would come when I could say, “Yup! We’ve been friends for 20 years!” Because when you’re a kid, 20 years seems like a LONG ways away. But, I’m finally at the point in life where I can say, we’ve been friends for 20 years.
Yup, that’s Kendall. We met in kindergarten. I was so shy that she was the only person I would talk to.. Probably up until like, 5th grade. There was even a kid in school with us who was convinced I literally couldn’t speak. Anyway – Kendall and I had some good times when we were kids. For some reason, I don’t have a single freakin pictures of us from back then. I know she has at least one big photo album for our years in Girl Scouts together. And if I had planned this blog post better, I would have asked her for it and posted some pictures up. But I’m a procrastinator and new to blogging, so I didn’t do that. Just use your imagination. 🙂 I can’t pick one memory, so I’ll pick a few.
1. We must have been in 4th or 5th grade when Kendall was obsessed with frogs. We were also obsessed with the Dixie Chicks. So for her birthday that year, my mom and I decided to buy her a pet frog. We got the frog, the whole little terrarium thing with everything in it needed for a frog to live. Still not sure how her parents thought about this.. But, her dad decided to name this frog Earl. The name comes from a song by the Dixie Chicks called Goodbye Earl. Pretty much, the song is about killing an abusive husband. Good name for a frog. (And an awesome song for a 5th grader!) A couple of days later, (it could have been longer, but I was a kid, so it felt like a couple of days) Earl died. Kendall and I, to this day, are convinced that the frog died because it was named after Earl from the Dixie Chicks song. I don’t remember it being funny when we were kids, but it sure was funny when we got older.
2. Kendall and I saw our first concert together in the 5th grade – the Dixie Chicks. The only thing I really remember about the show was Kendall and I would hold our arms open wide when they sang “Wide Open Spaces.” Yeahhh.. We were cute.
3. There was the time we tried to build some kind of club house in the backyard out of cardboard boxes. For some reason, we had all these carpet samples. You know, the little rectangle pieces of carpet? Yeah. Don’t know where they came from. But we put them in the backyard and tried to build a cardboard box wall around them. We couldn’t figure out how to get the boxes to stay together, though. We tried everything. Stapler, tape, glue. I don’t even remember if we ever got anything to work..
4. The time period when we were obsessed with Ricky Martin. No explanation needed.
5. One of my least favorite memories, (but it’s kind of funny so it gets to be mentioned) from growing up with Kendall was having sleepovers at her house. Kendall’s family always had cats growing up, and I was deathly allergic. So I was that awkward, puffy faced kid that Kendall’s mom had to drug up at all the sleepovers. That being said, I was also the first kid to pass out. Yeah, I was fun.
So there you have it, ladies and gentleman. Some random, little stories about my BFF Kendall. She is now married and about to have a baby and the whole thing freaks me out, because seriously, wasn’t it yesterday that we were making club houses in my backyard and obsessing over Ricky Martin? WHERE DID THE TIME GO!?