Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Nikki, Godmother and Friend Extraordinaire

Today is the birthday of one of my dearest and most treasured friends, Nikki Garrett. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Nik!

Nikki and I first met when we were sophomores in high school. She moved from one of our biggest rival schools. Ironically, both schools were the Mustangs (school mascot). Is that funny? Two small country schools trying to be "number one!" I think what attracted us to one another was our desire to be different from the norm, although this is somewhat of an oxymoron, because in trying to be different, what we really wanted was to be just like everyone else, only slightly better. You know, part of the popular crowd, which I think she was far more successfull with than I ever was. I was always on the edge of the circle, pretending to fit in, but never really making it all the way. Nikki was one of those special people that could mix with everyone because she was such a good friend and person to us all - and she still is today. Furthermore, I think it is because of Nikki that our school started befriending other schools. She showed us that the kids from the rival school were just like us, and we started becoming friends with all the different schools in our district. And it changed right after we left, so how could it not have been Nikki's influence?

The two of us really bonded during our senior year of high school. We had been cheerleaders for the past two years, but gave it up for our passions that last year - hers being volleyball and mine being basketball. I could tell you so many stories about us... I don't know when we were crazier - then or now! Nikki is the friend in my life I have had the longest that I can trust with everything there is in my life. She is always there for me and no matter how much time has passed since our last visit, we can always pick right back up where we left off.

Shortly after we graduated from high school, she and I made a bet. We shook hands and the whole nine yards. I bet that she would have kids, and she said she never would. We bet a thousand bucks! I'm happy to say I won the bet, and I although we weren't really serious about the money part, she truly believed at that time that she would never have a baby. I'm proud to tell you she has an adorable boy just two months younger than Brailey Shaye, and I am blessed to be his Godmother.

Nikki is an amazing story of success, because she went to school and worked full time to pay for it 100% on her own! She has earned every single thing she has ever had (which is quite a lot, by the way - you should see her house!) by way of her own hard work - nobody helped her through any of it. Just she, herself, and her. Can you imagine the strength that took? It might have taken a little longer than the average student, but she persevered and she now has a top position in a wonderful job she excels in. Furthermore, she is a fabulous decorater and gardener and the best mom her son could ever ask for, as well as a beautiful fiance to a wonderful man. She is also Brailey's Godmother, and I am eternally grateful to her for being such an important part of my daughter's life.

I could go on and on and on and even ON about Nikki, but the important thing for you to know about her is that she is the most loyal, loving, true and faithful friend I could ever ask for. When Brady was on life support, there she was, right there by my side, praying with me and for me and Brady and my entire family. She became a Catholic a few years after we graduated from high school, and she is a great example of a giving, loving, productive member of society. I so love this girl...

Thanks for being and meaning so much to me, Nikki. You are a blessing! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays and I wish you every good thing. Celebrate yourself, because you are amazing and worth celebrating!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for sharing this! made the tears come...I have a friend just like her...she's been THE one since about 6th grade...she was even with me the night my dad died at our ranch...we may not talk to each other for a month or more but ALWAYS pick up from where we were...no expectations from either of us...I love my Sandra Jean....

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