7.12.2011

childhood best friends

i'm a bee!

I loved Jenna's post on childhood best friends today over at Sweet Fine Day.  Your first friend, ah, who could forget?  Mine was Julie.  Our mothers were both divorced by our fathers when we were little children, so they got us together to play so we could have fun/have each other/not feel sad.  As a result we meant a great deal to each other.

Julie had an incomparable imagination, and we used to get into lots of trouble together.  It was great.  Her mom was an expert seamstress, and one day we decided to get into her sewing stuff to make a WEDDING DRESS for my hamster.  Say what?  In another phase we were obsessed with "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" and "Where's Waldo?" and found an ingenious way to combine our two loves by spending hours drawing elaborate scenes from the movie in the style of the drawings from the book.  Can't picture it?  Take my word for it, it was awesome.  Years later, long before I had any boobs I remember going shopping for my first bra with Julie at TJ Maxx.  We were convinced we needed bras so we could be cool.  And then we proved that we were not cool by spending the rest of our allowance on Pogs.

Julie went off to a different high school than me, and we eventually drifted apart.  But we still remember each other's old phone numbers from long ago and wish each other Happy Birthday on Facebook.  A few years ago I remember bumping into her around when I started my own handmade business.  Coincidentally at the time she had a business selling her handmade patchwork skirts at Phish concerts.  I remember thinking that as different as we are now, we're still not that different.  And it made me smile.

20 comments:

Clare said...

Pogs! That's something that was buried in the DEEPEST recess of my mind!

Lovely post :-)

Arlie said...

This just turned my frown upside down :)

Abby said...

Oh my goodness Jenny, you were such a precious little girl! Sweet post. I have retained a surprising amount of childhood friends, and it's an interesting dynamic to be friends with someone who may be completely unlike yourself (because when you met you were little and had nothing in common besides being in the same class, neighborhood, etc), but familiar enough to maintain a friendship over time. Kind of bittersweet to me, somehow.

jennifer said...

Adorable. This was the sweetest story to read. I miss those childhood days of doing nothing particularly important but having the greatest time doing it.

I was also obsessed with "wild hearts can't be broken!"

r.martin said...

WILD HEARTS CANT BE BROKEN!!!! Still one of my all time favorite films. I had my first man crush on Michael Schoeffling "Al". I think that movie might be to blame for a vintage obsession now!

I loved this post, thanks for sharing. It reminded me of my childhood best friend Joanna and all the trouble we got up to!

Bee said...

good lord you were an adorable child!

my best friend from childhood is still my best friend. but we definitely have to work harder now that we're living in different places, leading different lives, etc. this reminded me why we still make the effort

amelia said...

Oh my goodness, so adorable. I think I have a similar picture of myself as an apple...
Friendship is such a funny thing; I see my best friend from elementary school whenever I go home. Our lives could not be more different, but I'm godmamma to her little girl, and we're pretty much forever friends.

withthejoneses said...

Wow! I cannot tell you how many times I watched Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. This is the first time I have heard of someone else who has seen it!

Crystal said...

YES, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken!
Love that movie! My bestie and I used to watch the Nadia Comanece movie over and over and dream of being gymnasts. Ah, youth.

Ariel said...

i just found out my first bff got married not too long ago. it's totally freaking me out!!

Carole said...

I love your post. It evokes happiness & sadness at the same time. Life.

mady dooijes said...

what a lovely story! just wonderful. i hope you've settled in ok, it always is very stressful moving, no matter how far you move. all the best. warmly, mady

Lisa said...

Starter bras & pogs -- that's awesome.

thenutmegtree said...

we must be the same age! hahaha!

Allison Dobson said...

It's so funny you were obsessed with wild hearts can't be broken - I think my sisters and I watched that movie 50 times at least - literally! I recently watched it with my husband and it was so fun to relive it :)

summer goals said...

That's really sweet. My first best friend and I used to watch 'Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken' all the time too. She's a stripper now, and I work at a non-profit. Needless to say, our paths diverged.

-a

jennifer said...

OMG, cutest little bees ever! It sounds like you guys had some really fun times together. It's so great that you guys have are still sort of doing the same thing, albeit in different ways. I bet that those childhood adventures had a big impact on both of you!

Oh, and I was also totally obsessed with "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken." I'm always trying to convince Evan to watch it with me. So far, I've been unsuccessful.

bethany said...

Oh my goodness! "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken" was the first movie that my mom dropped me off to see at the mall theater with MY childhood best friend--by ourselves. It was approved for good evangelical home school girls and yet interesting enough that we wanted to go on our own. Thanks for prompting me to dig up the memories!

caroline said...

"wild hearts can't be broken" was my absolute favorite movie growing up! love this post.

kelsey louise said...

quite late on this, but, "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" was such a favorite of mine as a child! It was one of the few choices at the Piggly Wiggly, the only place at the time to rent a movie. Ah, thanks for taking me back.