Maggie – I’m a fan of all things numbers! I love significant numbers, irrational numbers, fractions, the way they add and combine, their order…so now, in no particular order, here are 30 things I love about, have in my life, share or otherwise appreciate thanks to Jillian!
10. Age at which our friendship officially began
B. Brigadoon!– The entire triangle performed in this musical our senior year of high school. We wore tartans, danced Scottish jigs, and were generally all around awesome! This was just one of our many musical adventures.
C. Clark- Before you were Jillian Walters, you were a Clark, and your family is just one more inextricable part of the incredible person you are now!
D. Dance- You will always be a dancer and choreographer to me, from the pictures of you as a tiny girl in a ballet tutu, to the dancer I knew creating amazing movement in plays!
E. Eating...I don’t want to get overly personal here, but eating in the face of tremendous life stress and uncertainty is surprisingly not so easy to do, but you have been fiercely brace and candidly honest about becoming healthier and caring for your body and mind. I am in awe of you and inexpressibly proud.
F. Fox- He’s growing… He’s coming…He’s transforming you into a mother day by day, and I can’t wait to meet him, watch you raise him, and hopefully get to be a part of his life as well!
G. Gaga- Duh. You taught me and Maggie to listen closely to her lyrics, to dig deeper than the pop beats we heard on the radio, and meat dresses on the covers of magazines in the checkout aisle. You gave us a whole new appreciation for all things Lady Gaga. I mean, there’s a reason I made you a Christmas stocking for your dogs that says “Little Monsters” on it!
H. Humor You make me laugh. Sometimes we laugh so hard together that we cry. I love this about us.
I. Intelligence You are undoubtedly one of the smartest people I know, but your intelligence is not merely book-learning, (as they say.) You have emotional intelligence as well, that has always seemed wise beyond your years to me.
J. Josh Your partner in life and crime. It’s a joy when you like the people that your friends choose to spend their lives with. I lit a candle in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the day of your wedding, heartbroken that I wasn’t by your side, and I prayed for your union. It’s a blessing to see how your love and your life together has grown since that day!
K. Keen The definition of this is literally sharp or penetrating, and I have so often been amazed over the years by your ability to have clear-eyes in emotional situations, to be unafraid of honesty even when your voice stood alone, and to move in a direction that aligned with your convictions.
L. Laura She’s always a part of you- no more needs to be said.
M. Mercer University Alum!– You matriculated in Macon (alliteration always!) and met your husband while in school. So although no college experience is perfect, we know you made it out okay!
N. Nike, (and Clio!) I always associated your family and home with having sweet pups, so it made perfect sense when you and Josh adopted your rescue puppies, giving them a loving home and companionship!
O. Oxford Oh my gosh didn’t you go there? So basically you’re Hermione Granger now, right?
P. Parkview Panthers forever! We had so many adventures together, and really solidified our friendship for life in those Lilburn public school halls!
Q. Quirkiness I love that our brand of humor is absolutely ludicrous sometimes, and we can swing from one conversation to the next at insane paces, sharing extremely intimate details in one moment and speaking in ridiculous accents the next.
R. Righteous Anger- I mean this in the in the most flattering possible way, because I think this can be an extremely useful emotion to have. You have a critical eye for wrongs and injustice that you see in this world, and a determination to help combat it, whether its’ with writing, with action, or simply with being the amazingly strong person and friend you are each day.
S. Solitude- You have the ability to be alone, the ability to seek out solitude in ways that many are unable to. I think your willingness to spend time with your own person, necessarily sometimes even with sadness (another S!) makes you an incredibly thoughtful, compassionate, and empathetic person in ways unavailable to those who must always fill the silence (a third S for the win!).
T. Teatime I can always count on you offering me a cup of tea, hot or iced, whenever I come to your home, which is a sign of your lovely gracious hospitality. It’s one of the ways you care for people, and nothing could be more inviting and welcoming. I also love that now that you and Josh are homeowners, you literally have a room and cabinet devoted to tea.
U. Uteri- That’s right, lady! I am woman hear me roar! You helped expose me to the concept of feminism in a new way, pointing the way to understanding what it means to stand up for a woman’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
V. Viewpoints You were my first decidedly democrat friend, steeped as we were in a largely conservative, red state. You challenged what I had heard from most people in my upbringing and brought new questions to help me discover and clarify my personal opinions and beliefs…I would be willing to bet you’ve done this for a lot of people that have had the blessing to be in contact with you
W. Wordsmith What a wonderful writing woman (all the W’s!!) you are! You’re an amazing writer that combines humor, pathos, and great depth of thought whenever you sit down to grapple with the English language.
X. XXX is not just for smut! I am venturing into Maggie’s numbers world here because this is the Roman numeral sign for 30! And today you are turning 30!!!
Y. Youthfulness You always joke that people mistake you for being much younger than you actually are. Sometimes I think, though, that you and Maggie and I are some mixture of old-souls and absolute children, and I’m pretty sure we should stay that way.
Z. Zinc. Take those prenatal vitamins. Also, I learned this week that the atomic number of zinc is 30!! Also, there are not nearly enough words that begin with Z.