This is my best friend, Fallon. Today is her 18th birthday. This is by far the longest we have been apart, and yet we are only 2 hours away driving distance.
Life gets busy and the 2 of us have grown out of the "gift purchasing" thing. Until we reunite for our bear hugs and piggy back rides, this is my gift to her.
From our 8th grade graduation dance.
(yes I included throwbacks, forgive me)
To when I had heart surgery and couldn't join you in the swimming pool at your start of summer party. I was pretty bummed. You kept me cool by squirting me with a water gun. I was able to laugh hysterically when we broke your hammock. (The first time)
Our freshman year of high school together. We would go to your mom's work after school to start our homework and drink hot cocoa.
Sophomore year. Our Music Department trip to Quebec, Canada. The hot chocolate that tasted like nutella, waking up at 5 am in a panic and a few swears to my alarm playing "Let it Go" on full volume, and both of us peeing our snow pants while dog sledding when our dog ran into a tree.
(If this was in color you could clearly see your awesome minion costume)
Remember when your dad shaved his head bald so he could look like Gru?
Nana and Papa's house.
You being a part of our family, and called "Cousin Fallon" by little miss Maya.
Side note: Thank you a million times for driving me to visit Papa outside in the rain during our senior privileges and saying a few words with me, and holding my hand on the way back.
When I brought you to MV for the first time to meet my Vineyard family. We got a flat tire 1 hour from the ferry boat. My dad and Matt rode with the guy towing our car, and you and I followed in some stranger's truck. He said to you "You can sit in the front with me because you have the long legs." He asked us what we wanted on the radio and we were very uncomfortable until we parked again. The same trip, we visited an alpaca farm, jumped off a bridge, you won the brass ring on the Flying Horses.
Oh lordy- our backyard manhunt days. Again, with my family..
William's 1st birthday party, I believe. The photo to the right- you are twirling around the lawn in circles with my mom.
Being able to see you and your contagious smile in Grease, and Cinderella.
Our spring break trip to Newport. We listened to throwbacks like Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Aly and AJ, and screamed them as we sang along. We had a picnic on the beach, and I honestly only remember your guacamole because it was that good.
We flippin' did it!!!
How we did not get a picture together is beyond me so I found 2 doofy ones of us.
4th of July at the lake cottage !
And lastly- when you brought home a kitten without telling your parents. I got to snuggle the sweetie for a good hour until your parents made you bring her back.
Boy do I miss you. I hope 18 treats you well, and as crazy as you will be- don't ever stop with the Disney movies. (I'm laughing because that's crazy, why would you stop?) Keep singing, keep strumming your ukulele and guitar, and keep being you.
"Haley Tiff-Tiff "
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.