The timeframe is a bit fuzzy for me, but it was either in 7th or 8th grade when I first met my soon-to-be bestie, S. I sat behind her in homeroom and introduced myself by kicking the back of her chair and making lewd jokes. Shortly after that, we were inseparable in our goofy acid washed denim, bobo branded sneaker, over-sized jacket togetherness. Through junior high and high school, we were two geeky kids who hung out at each other's homes gossiping, shopping, eating and doing stupid but fun things.
In my inexperienced eyes, S's life was eclectic and fascinating. She and her little sis got to speak to their parents like equals and crack jokes and sit in with the adults when they had people over for poker. S at one time had one Siberian Husky, two fish and no fewer than four cats. She got to fly down to Atlanta during the Olympics to sell pins - what seemed like exotic freewheeling to me. S got to join the USA Shaolin Temple to learn kung fu, took guqin classes, volunteered at a museum. When we went to see movies together, S often bought, snuck in, and consumed by herself an entire 20-pack of Chicken McNuggets.
In comparison, my family and I were straight-laced Asians. My parents and big sis worked. I was a studious latch-key kid with no fashion sense and a quiet demeanor. But we complemented each other and "got" each other. S and I went to the same high school, shared a limo for prom, cried over not going to the same college. S majored in art history, had trouble finding a job once out of school, then decided to go back to study accounting.
We started growing apart around college because we didn't go to the same school and started making friends in ever-differing circles - you know the deal. I moved away right after graduating and though we tried at first, it became increasing difficult to stay connected and stay close. S and I still vaguely stay in touch, but we aren't in each other's lives. I don't think we could really consider each other friends anymore - but that's okay, that's life. We move on, make new connections.
Who is your bestie? Are you still in touch? What do you like the most about your pal?
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