So, one of my very best friends moved away.
She left me Aug. 5 around 8:30 that morning as I bawled and squalled like a moron.
With tears gushing, sobs shaking my body and rhythmic sniffs, I waved goodbye to my JenJen as she headed to North Carolina driving a 24-foot Budget moving truck.
That evening as I moped around, I began to wonder just exactly what it was that made us click. And then I thought, 'what is it that really makes any pair go together?'
I did a little research on the matter. I examined some famous pairs throughout literature and history. Here's what I came up with:
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle -- great minds think alike. Socrates taught Plato; Plato taught Aristotle. These men learned from one another and did their best thinking with each other. I understand. My friends inspire and encourage me. And there's no doubt that I do my best thinking with them. Seriously, I've tried time and again to lay in bed and create alternate song lyrics and rap by myself, but I just don't have any flow when I'm alone. Pair me up with some of my girlfriends at 2 a.m., and we'll knock your socks off.
True friends are the ones who really know you but love you anyway. -- Edna Buchanan
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn -- people confuse you with or associate you with each other. I have a bachelor's degree in English. I have read countless literary works. Their story is a celebrated piece of American literature; yet to this day, I have to Google ole Tom and Huck to get the two straight. Though the two are so completely different, they seem almost interchangeable. I understand. My friend Ashley and I used to be attached at the hip. I'm about 5-feet, 5-inches tall, with blond hair and a medium olive complexion. Ashley's about 5-feet, 8-inches tall with glowing red hair and a pale, peaches-n-cream complexion. We look nothing alike. Our names sound nothing alike. But If I had a dollar for every time our names were confused or someone asked not only if we were sisters but if we were twins, I'd hang up my handy dandy notepad, steal Ashley from her husband and head to the beach.
To get the full value of a joy, you must have someone to divide it with. -- Mark Twain
Paris and Nicole -- you hate to be without that person. Paris and Nicole upped the tabloid fodder ante by hating each other for awhile. Somehow though, these two heiresses, who became famous for being rich, couldn't seem to be without one another. I understand. Even though, I've spoken to her everyday since she's been gone, I'm having JenJen withdraws.
Make yourself necessary to somebody. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peanut Butter and Jelly -- you just go together. You compliment one another. Want a plain jelly sandwich? Hmmm. How about a peanut butter sandwich? Ehhh. I understand. That's how it is with really good friends. Sure I'm super cool when it's just me. Sure I can be without my friends, but why would I want to? We go better, together.
Together, we're unstoppable ... -- Seth Cohen
So, what's the magic that makes people go together -- I'm still not sure. But I do know this: Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone. -- Maya Angelou