On this milestone day
I’d like to say all the things
I wish you knew.
My life changed when
We met in 7th grade math and became best friends.
You helped me through our teenage years,
Always making me laugh with your quick wit.
We shared our ups and downs
Supporting each other when
Searching for ourselves in our twenties,
Wondering what our future had in store for us.
Our thirties gave us more shared adventures
But my favorite memory was the day
You witnessed my hips transform into
Shelves in my final weeks of pregnancy.
You became Aunt Stacy the day the girls arrived.
We crashed into our forties
During my early years of motherhood,
So much of that time is a bit of a blur.
This decade brought new challenges
For us both as we learned a
Thing or two about taking care of our parents.
Now, as 50 descends upon us,
I am struck by the fact that
My daughters are the age
When we cemented our friendship.
I pray that they each find that one friend
Who will always be there
To celebrate life’s great joys and sorrows,
To lift them up, cheer them on,
And love them for who they are
Just as I have loved you.
Cheers to 50 and many more!