Wednesday, August 4, 2010

words just aren't adequate

There is no possible way I could ever describe how much I love Andrea. I don't think I realized how lucky I was to have her until we were in college. I always knew I was blessed to be able to call her my best friend, but it took a while to realize that our friendship isn't something that comes along very often. I have realized that not everyone gets so lucky in life to have someone who is literally like a soul mate of a friend. We know each other backward and forward. Being around her is like a breath of fresh air.

I have always been a social person. I am thankful that I can make friends easily. I have older friends, younger friends, talkative friends and quiet friends. I feel like I love people of all types. But, there is just something about having a friend that is exactly like me, but also has qualities that are different than mine. She makes me think, makes me laugh, and makes me want to be better.

Andrea just came 'home' for a week and a half. We spent so much time together and I had almost forgotten how much I missed her. We got to see a lot of friends, we played, and we talked. I keep trying to convince her that this is where she needs to be. Andrea is adventurous like me. She likes to get out and do things. We are always on the go and I love that. She's fun. We walked, went to the lake, had a campfire, and even chased chickens and put apples in the road for cars to run over. She's funny. Oh, so funny.

Andre's family was my second family. Her home my second home. Since I lived 20 miles from school, I spent a lot of time at her house. I feel like I grew up there. I love her parents so much and feel like I am part of the family. Andrea and I have done everything together. We played basketball and ran track together. We were on the same relay teams. We scheduled all of our classes together. We went to college together, roomed together for 3 years, took classes together and had the same major. We vacationed together, cooked up awful tasting meals, climbed trees, played apple baseball, and hung out when our friends were out partying. When her mom got cancer I cried and cried. When we had our accident, she cried and cried. We experience everything together. The highs and lows, ups and downs.

While she was here we went walking late at night. I left Matt and my munchkins sleeping and we just walked around town for hours and hours. We talked and talked. Well, I mostly talked. I can tell her anything. I didn't realize how much I needed to just talk. Andrea understands me. She is the best listener. She sympathizes, laughs with me and cries with me. She has intuition and an innate sense to feel for other people. As we walked she asked, "how's your heart?" and I almost burst into tears. It's nice to know someone senses how you feel and really cares.

Andrea has always been known as the nicest person to walk the earth. Everyone that has ever met her talks about how sweet she is. She is the best example. She is always trying to improve herself; she does what is right. Despite her constant efforts to be her best self, she is the least judgemental person I've met. She loves everyone.

I could go on and on, but my words really seem so inadequate. How do you describe someone who literally completes your soul? Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it's true. She is me, plus everything I'm not. I have always been grateful to have a best friend, but now I know how truly blessed I am, and how rare a friend like her really is.


gin said...

and I must say...both of you girls are very stylish dressers!

very sweet post...if my memory serves me, Andrea was one of the sweetest people I met during my time at Bayfield...and so were you!

Tomber's Heaven said...

This seriously makes me want to cry. I feel so blessed to know both of you and I second every nice thing you said about our sweet Andrea! I love you girls!

Clare said...

What a beautiful and true appreciation of a friendship. I think you both are wonderful and I'm glad you are forever friends!

Hammer Time said... your girls! S0 glad to have you both in our circle of best friends!

Nicole Wood said...

I agree completely. Andrea is one of the most amazing girls I've met. She has been so supportive of you, and I've never seen her without a smile. She brings warmth. But so do you, Jessica. Love you!

Robin Randolph said...

As your mama, I have loved loved loved watching you two grow up together, and I think I derive almost as much joy from your friendship as you do!!! Andrea is like a 3rd daughter to me. :)

So important to have this kind of friend. What a blessing. I know how it is!!!

k8e said...

Oh Jess! This is the sweetest post! I am so lucky to know you both! You truly are amazing girls, and so much fun, and cute, and silly, and I could go on...! I love you girls and I enjoy the time we get to spend together (which always needs to be more). LUff you!

Dan and Ashley said...

I agree! Andrea is AMAZING! And YOU are amazing too!!! I love you both so much. You guys are so lucky to have each other. And I feel lucky just to know you both. I have ALWAYS felt like the two of you are some of the most wonderful, special, beautiful, fun girls I have ever met and I have such a special place in my heart for you guys. I wish I got to see you both more often and spend time with you. You both bring out the best in everyone and are just a pure joy to be around. This post made me miss you guys so so much and my heart ached a little for the past and perfect happy memories that are stored there. I know I am far away and haven't been able to stay as connected as I wish, but I really will always consider you both some of my dearest friends. I love you!

Dan and Ashley said...

P.S.--Jess you are so darn beautiful!!!! I mean it. Seriously--pass your tips on. :)