You are my oldest and best friend. The first of all my Kelly’s 🙂 We went from checking out bugs, to drinking gross concoctions on dares, stealing textbooks (albeit discarded ones), to pre-teenhood. Then came training bras, and boys, and o-my-gah – periods. And high school. And boyfriends. and broken hearts.
After all this time I’m glad we chose not to be roommates in college. It would have likely ruined our friendship. I was in a very different place than you at the time, and I may have felt too constrained. (Although a little more constraining might have done me some good!) You saw me go from conscientious student, to college slacker. Saw me through lost innocence, lost faith, lost sense of self, sense of worth. You kept true to your own path, setting your sights on things beyond my vision. Focusing on your goals, and your calling. Keeping your own circle of friends. But you never let me out of your sight completely.
You never gave up. You continued to encourage me, love me, plant seeds of faith and hope in my heart. Even though I pushed them (and you) away. Even though I asked you to kindly keep your Jesus to yourself, thankyouverymuch. It took a few years (ha!) but your seeds found roots and are finally flourishing into a garden of my own. And now he’s my Jesus too. (and Kira’s, & Erin’s) Who knows where your influence will end? I know I’m not the only set of ripples you’ve sent out over the waters.
You let me know that you thought the world of me, and that I had value to add to this crazy world. Even if it’s just my amazing Cranium skills!
You have always amazed me. You are a bright and shining star in a gray world. You are brilliant, talented, a hard worker. A caring, insightful doctor. A beautiful woman. Funny friend. Enthusiastic laugher. I want to be just like you when I grow up. 🙂
Here’s to us on our 22nd birthday together. May we have 100 more. I love you more than words could express.