Things like Ace Ventura (which I’m watching right now by the way), tents, keds, drums, balloon hairbows, blaring radios and Clemson ALWAYS bring back fond memories of two of my dearest friends– April and Nikki. Ah… the word “friend” emerged which is much different from “acquaintance.” In all actuality, I’m a firm believer that most of your life-long friends are accumulated as a result of being molded into yourself during the part of life we will refer to as the college days. Those friends experience your ups, downs, and in-betweens; don’t care where you came from; what you know or don’t… just as long as you are what you say you are. Through it all, and after somewhat losing touch for a brief period of time, we three still make it a point to catch up, have dinner, laugh, reminisce, whenever we can!! And I’m so glad. Thank the good Lord above we were able to keep the bond we established at WHS through our college years. There is nothing in the world like a friend you can depend on… the difference from an acquaintance.
During the Thanksgiving holidays we made one of those points, and us three with our hubbies met at PF Changs (Chinese Bistro) in Greenville for some much needed LAUGHING. So even you, Nikki and Ape, may be asking how in the world do some of those items listed above remind you of us… here’s the rundown. I’m curious to know if you remembered them!?!
Ace Ventura: This one is for April. Please tell me WHY we decided that every time we spent the night together that the night wouldn’t be complete without watching this movie? “We’re going dddooownn towwnnn!”
Tents: I promise it was only animals ya’ll! But, to ease your minds, I was ok with setting up camp in your living room Nikki. :O)
Keds: Check. I had them; pimped them out with multi-layered puff socks. Check. April had them and wore them with her cute little Clemson cheerleader outfit in like 4th grade. Check. Nikki had them and wore them with her tucked and rolled levi’s lol.
Drums: This is all you Nikki! Me and April laughed so much at how you used to beat all over EVERYTHING. And then I return to Friday night football games. I was cheering; April… twirling the flag; and Nikki, bangin‘ that big ‘ole drum!
Balloon hairbows: The first time I saw one was little miss 5th grade April. And I had to have one. So… my ma made me one. Wow. TACKKKYYY! And it surfaced as I went through some of my stuff during the holiday at the folks house. haha.
Blaring radios: We three have always been musically inclined, I like to think– even if we make up our own words to songs from time to time. Can’t forget the night in Greenwood, blaring rap music from the bug.
And… CLEMSON: Of course, April stirs my mind about it because of her little cheerleader outfit mentioned earlier. But Nikki and I did share some time together in college at the beloved Clemson University. GO TIGERS!!
Check us out. Remember this final pic of our Senior year? I think we should wear those outfits to our 10 year reunion next year! Whatcha think? haha. (Pic taken by Mr. Joye, WHS, 1999)
Us again… my rather memorable wedding shower in 2004. That was an awesome cake April! And Nikki, glad you made it home ok.
And once more… Christmas 2007. Boy, this picture was hard to take, being that we didn’t have anyone to take it for us. Good thing the bug was the perfect height!
Let’s keep this going for sure! And thanks, my loves, for making a point to keep our friendship alive. Love ya’ll!
Jay and Nikki says
Yeah….BFFs!! Hahhaa….we don’t have to be that cheesy….unless you want me to get ya’ll a half heart necklace and I’ll wear the other half! Thanks for the memories!!! So funny! We need to get together over christmas again this year!