So I really hope that you all know the lyrics to "True Friend" by Hannah Montana. And if you don't well................I'm sorry/you should probably go and look up the lyrics right now because although it is probably the cheesiest thing in the whole entire world I'm definitely sitting here listening to it and there are tears in my eyes, so c'est la vie. MORE IMPORTANTLY, TODAY IS MY BEST FRIEND ABBY'S BIRTHDAY. Which is why I referenced the "True Friends" lyrics. If any of you have seen Parks and Recreation, I am basically the definition of Leslie Knope in a lot of ways, but mostly in regards to how she reacts about birthdays. Remember how Leslie makes a slideshow and a million scrapbooks for Ann for her birthday? Yeah that's me. So bear with me as I brag (and sob) about my best friend.
So this is the first picture ever taken of Abby and I (3 years ago). WE ARE INFANTS AND I CAN'T HANDLE IT. AHKEHAIUFGDJKOIEWD. Anyways, sorry for that miniature freakout. We first met backstage during a rehearsal for this show (Cinderella). I do this weird thing where I scratch my throat and sound like a dying frog. So I was scratching my throat and Abby started freaking out and said "I CAN DO THAT TOO!!" My first thought was probably like, "who is this random sophomore?" and I probably said, "oh cool..." (meaning I have no idea who you are but okay). But little did I know this was my soul sister.
Oh Lord in Heaven who ever told me that getting blonde highlights in my hair was a good idea...yikes. Let's ignore that horrible mistake of mine. Anyways, this is one of my favorite pictures of us, because if you can't tell I am 100% strangling Abby, because who doesn't strangle their best friend on occassion???(probably not a lot of people do that buttttt that's a part of our friendship that will probably never go away). Jesus gave me a best friend who I can clearly strangle, fight with, cry with, pray with, laugh hysterically with and who loves me even when my hair has blonde highlights. We fight like sisters and love like sisters because we are sisters. Maybe not biologically, but just like the classic Pinterest saying says something like about how best friends couldn't be sisters because God knew the parents would leave the children alone to fend for themselves or punch the children because they're too annoying together...I'm pretty sure it says something to that extent. Anyways, that's basically us. We're not real life biological sisters because God was watching out for the sanity of our parents.
This picture pretty much sums it up. I am pretty certain that Abby was trying to talk me down from climbing any higher in this tree probably for a multitude of reasons. Mostly because I'm in a dress and because I'm accident prone and would most likely fall and break a bone (I'm an irrational human sometimes and I don't climb trees often, so probably a bad choice on my part). Although this exact situation doesn't happen a lot, her helping me through life does. She is the wisest person I know. Through every single difficult situation, dramatic life-altering-end-all-be-all crisis (those happen quite a bit....who knew right?!) or my happiest time, she is there. I think she maybe has some sort of secret power because she always knows just what to say. She is the definition of a best friend. (go look it up in Webster, I'm pretty sure there's a picture of her)
(I really thought I could make it through this without crying, but here come the waterworks. HOLY CANNOLI.) Although this isn't our most recent picture, it's a picture that makes me so happy. This friendship is just that. It's happy. I truly believe in Jesus' goodness, faithfulness and promises because of this friendship. When I was in my darkest days my Senior year, Jesus gave me this friendship. He knew what I needed before I even did (which is always the case because He rocks) (shoutout to you, Jesus). He gave me a best friend who would fight for me and with me. Someone who believed in me and loved me fully when I wasn't lovable. Someone who inspired me with her ability to take life full on and be fully passionate about it. Abby is the most kind-hearted, selfless, genuine, strong, hilarious, inspiring, wise, silly, adventurous, talented, compassionate and joyful human I have ever met. Her heart is the size of Mt. Everest or the state of Texas, whichever one is bigger. Her love for Jesus and her true, solid belief in His unwaivering love and plan for us inspires me every single day. Her strength is incomparable and she loves like Jesus. I honestly think I could write 87489 pages about how amazing this best friend of mine is, but I'll spare you (and myself because I don't know how many more tears I can handle). I could not be more blessed by this sisterhood full of jam sessions, long phone calls, a love for Parks and Rec/The Office and everything in between. Thanks for being the Ann to my Leslie, the Khloe to my Kourtney and the Tina to my Amy. You make me better. Happy birthday to you best friend. You're going to change the world. I love you too much.
Gabby Bridgeman (AKA: gib gab, gabs, gibby or g-brizzle)
Firm believer in Jesus. Slightly addicted to froyo. Obsessed with parentheses. Forever wanting to eat waffles with Amy Poehler. Slightly sassy (depending on who you ask).