We've always had the kind of kinship where we know how to slide back into each other's acquaintance no matter how long an absence has been. Our lives are much different now, and those changes have us in own new places, but I still feel close to Lori.
No one else probably knows as much about my family stuff, and maybe vice versa for her. Down the line we've eaten whole frozen chocolate pies together, gotten in trouble with our dads (like that was hard), been young and dumb enough to appropriate porn, learned the words to entire albums, drove every inch of Marshall in the biggest Lincoln on the planet, skirted around the whims of the most OCD person there ever was, and gotten/given a lifetime of free haircuts. The deal was that I'd take her along as my personal stylist when I became a famous producer, and I'm so sorry that will never happen now. lol
This history goes from the early years of finding ourselves to having families of our own. Lori is a loving mom whose children (and spouse) are very lucky to have her. It's been great being along on that ride with her, too. Being a part of Lori's life meant I gained a surrogate family, too, whose love has been so appreciated in mine.
It's too bad the miles keep us apart now. After all this time, though, I still feel like I can walk into Lori's kitchen anytime and open the fridge for tea without us missing a beat in the conversation. We both know I practically wore out her washer, dryer and ears listening over such a span of time.
I hope I've given Lori as much support as she's provided me over the years. It's been a good run, and I must say thanks, my friend!
If there is someone who deserves to hear how special they are, why not tell her today?