Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends. I am an only child who really liked being an only child, yet on occasion I’d think it would be nice if I had a big sister who was who was there for me and shared her stuff with me, and that is Tracey. I know her house is my house, and I even if I don’t ask for assistance often I know no matter what she will always help me if I do ask.
Tracey has exposed me to things I never thought of trying. It began with my first cruise years ago. We ended up sharing a cabin and we didn’t know each other very well at the beginning of the week. I don’t know that we exactly knew each other very well by the end of the week but a bond had definitely formed. Not too long after that we realized we could really depend on each other on which is a different role for both of us since we are the ones others usually depend on.
The thing that I may never have experienced otherwise was traveling to France and Belgium. Though I love to travel, I was content exploring my own hemisphere. However, because of Tracey, I was able to take part in the marvels of Paris which included Eiffel Tower, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur cathedrals (okay, most of that was more because of our other friend, DeAnn, but Tracey got me to Europe in the first place). The greatest thing about that trip for me wasn’t about exploring those places, it was about the fun times the three of us had together and the memories that still crack us up years later.
The really cool thing about Tracey is she intuitively gets me, so I know when she gives me advice she will usually be right. I usually just automatically trust her judgement, but sometimes I don’t take her advice. Even then I try to be cautious because I know there is a good chance she will still end up being right.
I always had an interest in writing and knew someday I’d start writing seriously, but it is because of Tracey that I have someone to make me sit in the seat and write. She knows just the right thing to say when I’m stuck or focused on the wrong thing and she’s gentle with me when I’m being hard on myself both in writing and regular life.
The funny thing is I’m always concerned about relationships growing apart and I wonder how people can constantly grow together. In the short time we’ve known each other our interests have diverged leading us on different paths occasionally but our bond brought us back together and probably led us to our more authentic selves that were waiting to emerge.
I would like to wish Tracey a very happy and special birthday! I hope she will continue to make discoveries this coming year.