There's nothing better than seeing your child happy. And over the last seven months, I've witnessed my young daughter extremely happy. I know a lot of her happiness has to do with meeting her best friend, Whitney. In January, Whitney's mommy, Meri, and I began planning playdates for the girls. In doing so, we found out we had much more in common than just two brown-eyed little beauties. Not only are we both only children, but we also went to the same college and are sorority sisters!
I knew right away Emmalyn and I had hit it off with Whitney and Meri. We all instantly felt comfortable with one another, and that's difficult to find. Usually either the kids hit it off, but not the moms; or the moms hit it off, but not the kids. We often times laugh because the girls are so much alike. Their vocabulary and sentence structure is beyond a two year-old level, creating quite involved and entertaining conversations amongst themselves. Their personalities are also right on par with one another, too. They're outgoing and sassy... always bringing attention wherever we go! I owe so much to Meri, who took a chance on us when she found out we would be moving eight hours away in a few months, on our first play date. She could have easily decided not to invest in us, & I was afraid we wouldn't build a friendship based on this elephant in the room, but that never once stood in the way. If anything, it brought us closer together--teaching me to live in the moment & savor each and every day like it's the last.
During the last several months, we have gone on so many great adventures with the girls--splash pads, water parks, music classes, gymnastics, picnics, amusement parks... just to name a few! My favorite memory with the girls was when we had a "Best Friends Photo Shoot" at a local park. There, we dressed the girls up in princess costumes and had a picnic. It was nostalgic to see such a young and pure friendship.
A rush of emotions fell over me when watching the girls chase one another through the park. I felt a sense of sadness that we have to move away when the girls are still so little. & I felt thankful that my daughter has gained such a great friend to keep for life. But not only did Emmalyn gain a best friend--I did, too. Meri's friendship means so much to me, and Emmalyn seriously adores her. One day, Emmalyn ran to Meri and said, "You're my mommy." You'd think I'd be upset or a little jealous, but I wasn't. I was thankful that Emmalyn could feel so comfortable around someone else, and think of her as a "second mom".
While Emmalyn and I won't get to see Meri and Whitney weekly like we're used to, I know we'll all remain friends. It's heartbreaking at times to hear Emmalyn ask to go to Whitney's house, or ask if Whitney will be at the park we're going to, but we're determined to stay in touch by having FaceTime play dates, and traveling back and forth to see one another. We're even setting up a toddler "pen pal program" to keep the girls connected! It's not every day you make a lifelong friend!
good friends are like stars.
you don't always see them,
but you know they're always there.
*p.s. the professional looking photographs (a.k.a. non-iPhone pics) were taken by Steven Verlander Photography