The other day, I posted about my "bestest friend in the whole world" who sent me the wonderful Contigo travel mugs for Christmas. I have known her for over 40 years (yes, since preschool!), and she truly is an amazing woman. She has raised / is raising three wonderful boys, while running a successful bankruptcy law practice in South Carolina. She is smart and beautiful and kind and really just the BEST friend.
Today, I want to tell you that, in addition to my "bestest friend in the whole world," I also have a "best friend ever," whom I have known for over 30 years (since middle school) and who, on a whim and because we haven't seen each other for like 6 years, invited me to come visit her in Birmingham, Alabama, to see the band "Little House" (the musicians are friends of ours) play.
We are planning the trip to coincide with Do Dah Day, which is a fun annual music festival in Birmingham that has been around for 34 years (click the link above to check it out - it's awesome! - and click here for more information about the origins / history of this quirky and fun local event). It has the usual festival things -- music, food, art, kid activities, a parade (I love a parade!), and lots of fun. Little House is playing at the festival.
My best friend ever used to be heavily involved in organizing and promoting Do Dah Day. I think she has reduced her involvement in it more recently, but still attends every year. It is a great festival and raises money every year for deserving local charities that benefit homeless animals.
My friend even offered me free plane tickets (using frequent flier miles) and a bedroom in her house so that I would have no excuse to say "no"!
But here's the clincher, for me: The trip offers the opportunity for me to see my friend's older child, who was a newborn the last time I was there, and to meet her younger child, whose photos I have seen on Facebook but have never met, and who is totally adorable.
Needless to say, it is an offer that cannot be refused! So I am going to Alabama for Do Dah Day! I can't wait!
And I have to confess that I have at least four other "best friends" who I totally love for various reasons, not all of them having to do with receiving awesome travel mugs or free plane tickets to Do Dah Day in Birmingham.
I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends. :)