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Letters and Numbers

  Baby nurseries are full of letters and numbers. Today, in honor of Jillian’s 30th birthday, we wanted to share some of our favorite letters and numbers that relate to Jillian!

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!

1. Fate
I think that Jillian, Mary Margaret and I have always felt our friendship was destined or fated to be. So, thanks to Jillian (and Mary Margaret), I do believe that certain things are meant to be.
2. Rhett and Link Jillian introduced me to these two friends who are almost as hilarious as we are…I hope you enjoy them, too!
3. Without Jillian, our triangle would be a line!
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4. I was the 4th bridesmaid at Jillian’s wedding  (Also, in case you were wondering, I am a terrible bridesmaid, but mercifully, she did not count this against me!)
5. – 6. – 7. -8. Jillian’s appreciation of the art, style and nuance of all kinds of dance is really worthy of four numbers!

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9. Serendipity – we saw the movie Serendipity when it came out. I don’t know that either of us really liked the movie, but the word and the line from the movie: “It’s one of my favorite words, it means a fortunate accident.” stuck around for a long time!

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10. Age at which our friendship officially began

You really cement a friendship by traveling together – I felt it was only appropriate to note a few of my favorite adventures 
11 8th Grade trip to Savannah
12. Choir Tour to Alaska
13. Choir Tour to Florida
14 Spring Break to NYC to see Mary Margaret at NYU
15. Another time, Jillian and Mary Margaret came to see me in Nashville!!
16. More recently, our triangle converged in New York City with my daughter!
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17 And I’m SUPER excited about my upcoming trip to meet Jillian’s little boy!!!
18 – the year we became responsible for our own friendship 🙂
19 – When you’ve been friends as long as the three of us have, you get to know and become family. I was always grateful to know and be a part of Jillian’s sister Laura’s life.
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20 – 20 years of friendship (Oh my gosh, how are we old enough to have anything constant in our life for 20 years!)
Mysterious ancient artifacts with significance to us
21 Nefertiti Painting – this is a hilarious story…and that is all you need to know
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22 Statue of Athena at Nashville Parthenon
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Even then, the triangle appreciated the wisdom of a strong woman!
23 Passing notes – whether between classes, text message, or various other messenger apps, we’ve always share a special connection of note passing and keeping in tough through the written word.
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Actual notes that Jillian and I exchanged…isn’t she great at paper folding?
In the Spirit of Books – A few books that remind me of Jillian
24 The Life of Pi (she got me a signed copy!!!!)
25 The Time Travelers Wife
26 Harry Potter (all of them)
27. Monty Python (I realize that Monty Python isn’t a book, but it is literature that we appreciate!)

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28 – March 28 is Lady Gaga’s birthday. Without Jillian, I would not appreciate what a true artist Lady Gaga is.
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29 – I will forever appreciate the week Jillian came to spend with me right before my second baby was born. It was supposed to be the week my baby was born (but she had other plans), but I really don’t know how I would have made it through that week without an understanding friend!
30 – A year of new adventures, new growth and taking our friendship into “official” adulthood!

Mary Margaret 

You know I’m obsessed with anything to do with words and letters, so obviously I am taking on the alphabet– something you’ll be sing-songing to your little one in no time! There’s 26 of these little symbolic babies, not quite 30…but I guess we can’t all be as numerically harmonious as our math major Maggie!
A. “A” represents a mysterious figure on one of your favorite TV shows, ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ which I have literally never seen, but am aware of entirely because I know you!
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.
Okay, okay, so Maggie had 30 things, so I decided to steal 4 extra symbols from other alphabets and sources!!
A Heart For no other reason than to tell you once more that I love you.
ñ You took Spanish in high school, while Maggie took Latin and I took German, so we’d be hopeless trying to communicate together in a language not English
Because every English major knows this symbol as a great one for footnotes in all those impressive tomes we’ve read!
Ω Omega- We started with A, Alpha and now to the Omega, the end. My dear, you’re stuck with me till the end.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JILLIAN!!!