The story of us…c'est pour toi Isa!

We met when we were six.
We lived on the same street.
Went to the same school.
Were placed in the same ballet class.

We rarely looked at each other.
Never played together.
It could be said we ignored each other.
She says I didn’t like her.
I say I was shy.

We both became ballerina dropouts.
This created instant bonding.
She hated the stupid pink body suits.
I hated not being the best in the class.

She was athletic and outgoing.
I was boy-crazy.
She got picked to be on teams for the schoolyard games with the boys.
I chased the boys around the schoolyard.

She would warn me about the mean boys.
I batted my eyes at the mean boys.
The mean boys would chase me down and pull my hair.
She would beat the shit out of the mean boys.

We grew up.
She grew smart.
Me, not so much.

She went to university and got involved with a good man.
I went to university and got involved with many men.
She would warn me of the mistakes I was about to make.
I ignored her advice and made lots of mistakes. Dozens. Hundreds…Ok. Not hundreds. Dozens.

She saw me through marital problems.
Baby blues.
Custody battle.

She is smart. She sees things in a way I do not. She analyzes. Counsels. Makes senses. Rationalizes.
I fly by the seat of my pants. I make rash decisions. I run away. And then I go home.
She calls me on it. She knows me better than anyone else. She says she knows me as though she has knitted me herself.
I like this. I value this. This makes me feel whole. This makes me feel protected. This makes me want to please her. Makes me want to do fewer stupid things.

I know she will always be there for me. Nothing I do will ever be stupid enough to send her screaming in the streets.
Just recently she proved that our sisterly bond will be forever.
Somebody insulted me.
She defended me.
No details will be given.
Suffice it to say, there was a bottle of wine involved. And a CLUNK.

I will love her forever.
Not because I’ve known her forever.
Not because we both like sushi.
Not even because she is the funniest person I know.
But because she’s my best friend.

It is International Women’s Friendship Month.
I would like to thank Friends You Love for providing this forum which provided me the opportunity to say why I have the World’s Greatest BFF.

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62 Responses to The story of us…c'est pour toi Isa!
  1. Pres. Kathy
    September 8, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    We should always cherish our friends!! You're lucky to have such a good one!

  2. Cristy
    September 8, 2010 | 4:28 pm

    What a SWEET post! A girl should always be willing to stick up for her friend.

  3. Jennie @ Modern Mamaz
    September 8, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    This is perfect! I think we all have a friend like this… and if now, then we definitely should! Thanks for the great post! Now, I have a phone call to make… :)

  4. BeMistified
    September 8, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    Everyone needs someone like this in their life, it would make it a lot easier.

  5. Kristina P.
    September 8, 2010 | 4:47 pm

    Not being close with my sister, I treasure the relationships with my girlfriends so much.

  6. Slacker Mom
    September 8, 2010 | 5:05 pm

    I loved this post and the fact that you know just how awesome a friendship like that is. Everyone needs a friend like this in their life.

  7. Chandra
    September 8, 2010 | 5:38 pm

    Very.Cool. :)

  8. WannabeVirginia W.
    September 8, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    Awww love my BFF – We've have been both through a lot, including her puking in my purse. Honestly.

  9. The Chicken's Consigliere
    September 8, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    Ok-I see what you are getting out of the deal but….
    just kidding. Actually, this sounds a lot like me bff. very nice post.

  10. Gigi
    September 8, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend! She sounds absolutely awesome! And yes, we should all cherish our girlfriends…..especially the ones that knows where the bodies are buried…..

  11. Molly Malone
    September 8, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    Awww Sandra – that was beautiful!

  12. Mamma has spoken
    September 8, 2010 | 7:46 pm

    That was wonderful! She sounds like a truely great friend!

  13. K(Banterings of a Basketcase)
    September 8, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    wow! I love it.

  14. The Girlie Blog
    September 8, 2010 | 8:15 pm

    Such a beautiful poem. Lovely! Aside from family, there are so few people we can count on. You are lucky to have even just her.

  15. Lourie
    September 8, 2010 | 8:56 pm

    I have to say, of all the entries I have seen, yours is the best by far! Wish I was a judge!

  16. Julianna
    September 8, 2010 | 9:11 pm

    Awwww… Now tell me… did you at least get to drink the wine after the "clunk"? -J

  17. Big Fat Gini
    September 8, 2010 | 9:15 pm

    Love! Such a wonderful tribute to your friend. And admittedly, it reminds me of someone I know and love, very, very much (who hates the term BFF)…

  18. Buffee
    September 8, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    Absolutely awesome! I love the way you wrote it. Sounds like a beautiful friendship, all because you were Ballerina dropouts! LOVE IT!

    Thanks for sharing!


  19. Herding Cats
    September 8, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    I hope you share this with her! So nice :)

  20. Jill
    September 8, 2010 | 10:16 pm

    Super sweet. You're lucky to have one another!

  21. McKenzie
    September 8, 2010 | 11:16 pm

    Sounds like a damn good friend!

  22. Crazy Brunette
    September 9, 2010 | 12:55 am

    Shit… sounds like me and my best friend… whom I've also known since 6!

  23. Allyson & Jere
    September 9, 2010 | 1:08 am

    What an absolutely beautiful post. I love everything about it, how you remembered, how you wrote it. Everyone should have a best friend like that. I feel lucky to have one just like that as well. Ok fine, we met in highschool, but still….

    Oh, and I LOVED your comment to me about writing on my kids face. Hilarious.

  24. Allyson & Jere
    September 9, 2010 | 1:08 am

    What an absolutely beautiful post. I love everything about it, how you remembered, how you wrote it. Everyone should have a best friend like that. I feel lucky to have one just like that as well. Ok fine, we met in highschool, but still….

    Oh, and I LOVED your comment to me about writing on my kids face. Hilarious.

  25. Alicia
    September 9, 2010 | 1:48 am

    i LOVED this post..seriously amazing…i feel like i walked your journey of friendship with you!! thanks for the fabulous post!

  26. MamaOnDaGo
    September 9, 2010 | 3:42 am

    A good BFF is priceless gift.

  27. nitebyrd
    September 9, 2010 | 8:30 am

    What a great post! You're both lucky to have such a GREAT friend!

  28. JennyJenJen
    September 9, 2010 | 8:31 am

    beautiful! ♥

  29. Lesley
    September 9, 2010 | 9:29 am

    BFFs are the BEST!

  30. Deborah
    September 9, 2010 | 9:47 am

    I want to be friends with you two.

  31. Danielle
    September 9, 2010 | 9:57 am

    That gave me goose bumps. What a great friend you have and ARE!!!

  32. Queenie Jeannie
    September 9, 2010 | 10:20 am

    Ahhh!! You're so lucky to have such an awesome best friend!!! Loved the tribute to her.

    When is your bloggy makeover going to happen? Is it going to remain pink? Because I love it, lol!

  33. SkippyMom
    September 9, 2010 | 10:42 am

    This is a beautiful post & so made me remember my best friend – I wish I could enter but she is gone now [juvenile diabetes took her life when she was 34. God I miss her.]

    We had the same times growing up – it really made me smile to remember. Thanks for sharing.

  34. SoccerMom
    September 9, 2010 | 10:50 am

    Well put. This is exactly the definition of a true friend.

    Excellent post.

  35. Queen of the Rant
    September 9, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Great post gave me goosepimples

  36. HisBell
    September 9, 2010 | 12:48 pm

    GREAT POST! Beautifully written! Reminds me of one I did not to long ago: {Take the B out of BFF}

  37. Pamela
    September 9, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    Love it! That was Awesome, Sandra (yes, with a capital A;) Sounds like you 2 really balance each other out:)

  38. Jen
    September 9, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    Now that's a true friend. Sounds like you should listen to her advice more often.

  39. The Blue Zoo
    September 9, 2010 | 6:22 pm

    Aw! She sounds amazing!!

    I love how my bestie will stick by me through anything too!

  40. The Girl Next Door Grows Up
    September 9, 2010 | 8:59 pm

    WOW! What a powerful post, especially the part about how she knows you as if she knitted you herself.

  41. Brooke
    September 9, 2010 | 9:20 pm

    great post…touching and as always super hilarious! Wine bottle? Seriously? I need her in my corner!

  42. MommaKiss
    September 9, 2010 | 9:34 pm

    Aw, for fuck's sake, this makes me all melty. Everyone needs that one true best friend to be there always.

  43. Glam-O-Mommy
    September 9, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    Loved this post Sandra! What a great friend!

  44. Booyah's Momma
    September 9, 2010 | 11:47 pm

    So sweet!! I don't think I have any friends that I've known since age 6… how rare, and what an awesome tribute to your friendship!

  45. Semi-Slacker Mom
    September 10, 2010 | 9:16 am

    What a great friend! I'm glad you have someone to keep you stright. :)

  46. Matty
    September 10, 2010 | 9:45 am

    Now that is truly a best friend. You are blessed to have her.

  47. cornflakegirl74
    September 10, 2010 | 11:53 am

    I have also known my best friend since I was 6 (I'm 31 now) and I don't know where I'd be without her. It's funny because on the surface we don't have much in common but there's not a thing in this world I wouldn't do for her and vice versa. I'm glad that you have such a wonderful friend in your life, too.

    This was such a sweet and touching post :)

  48. Aimee
    September 10, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    awe if i wrote my friends a poem not only would it embarass the shit out of them but it would embarass the shit out of myself as a writer… cause it would be all suessy level… LOL!
    loves your comments!!

  49. Katy
    September 10, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    What a great post and a great tribute to your friend! You really do have a great way of writing.

  50. Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Sandra, I can only be that great of a friend because you are truly special and I love you! I could go on and on about why it is also so great for me to be your friend, but I don't write as well as you do and it might take away the greatness of this post and become… well… un peu têteux!!! And, let's admit it, I want to stay the QUEEN of the day! Just know that I am truly touched by this post! … (I had to comment as anonymous, since I cannot figure out what the other options require from me… signed : your "smart" BFF!)

  51. Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw
    September 10, 2010 | 8:09 pm


  52. That One Mom
    September 10, 2010 | 9:52 pm

    What an amazing post. Very powerful! Thanks for linking.

  53. Jill
    September 10, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    What an awesome tribute! Aren't best friends the greatest?

    Have a wonderful weekend!!


  54. Poppy
    September 11, 2010 | 1:35 am

    Rat Bastards, morons, dickhead, quite literally come and go, but girlfriends are forever. Very touching post.

  55. Shell
    September 19, 2010 | 10:13 am

    You are very lucky to have a friend like that!

  56. Andrea (ace1028)
    September 20, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    This post is FANTASTIC. This line, "She says she knows me as though she has knitted me herself." OMG. That's crazy, but I so love it. Thank you for introducing us to your best friend. You are truly lucky to have one another! :)

  57. SurferWife
    September 20, 2010 | 11:17 pm

    Your bestie sounds rad. I wonder if mine would defend my honor.

    After a bottle of wine she's up to most anything, really.

  58. Tammy
    September 21, 2010 | 1:10 am

    What a great friendship post! I love your style writing this. New follower from FYL blog.

  59. Debbie(single;complicated)
    September 25, 2010 | 8:22 am

    this post made me think of my friends..and how much I love them! Thanks for sharing!

  60. Imaginative Me
    September 28, 2010 | 8:43 am

    She sounds like a great friend! My bestie cannot be offended by my stupid actions either! We're lucky to have such friends! :)

  61. Erin
    September 28, 2010 | 10:35 am

    This is such a wonderful post and tribute to your BFF. Isn't it just great to have someone in your life to keep you (or attempt to) keep you in line? I have a BFF like that :-)

  62. Crayon Couture
    October 14, 2010 | 1:00 am

    I ♥ this! I can totally empathize with the roles you describe in the story (I am u to a tee). Wonderful tribute! Here's to all the BFFs that make the world a better place!

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