I'm back with what might be one of my favorite blog posts I've ever written. Not because I think I've done an overly impressive job writing it, but because I get to share one of the nicest things anyone's ever done for me with all of you. Remember my last blog post where I wrote about long distance friendships and how badly I missed my best friend Sabrina? Well, the timing really couldn't have been better because while I was taking a weekend to explore Washington D.C. she was busy planning a surprise trip to Vermont!
If you read enough of our texts, you'd se pretty quickly that the number of times one of us says "I'm about to just drive to your house." (or some variation of that) usually exceeds 20 within a week. Naturally, I didn't think anything of a string of texts that alluded to a visit. Not because I didn't think she'd show up (well I didn't think she would show up right then but you get what I mean), but because we're both busy. We both understand that our lives are full of things we have to do and even though we don't see each other in person as often as we'd like, neither of us ever takes it personally.
So, I get home from DC and I jump back into work. Cue the day with little texting between us. Again, let's not forget - we're both busy. Sabrina is a teacher and I work full-time as well. It's normal for us to text constantly, but also have periods of radio silence. Nothing new then when I didn't hear from her much one day. I mean, she was finally on summer break, there was a lot going on and sometimes we just don't want to be glued to our phones - no biggie.
What is a big deal though? When she didn't answer my call when we were both planning on going for a walk. We have a rule. We answer when the other one calls. Rarely do we miss a call from each other and neither of us would dream of ignoring a call. So why didn't she answer? More importantly. why didn't she call me back? Ok, that's a little dramatic but whatever. I figured she was somewhere with no service, or she was finishing up homework before actually leaving the house - it's fine, I mean my walk would be significantly more boring but fine. Off I went, Wrigley romping around while I listened to a Harry Potter audiobook (because I'm 7 years old at heart).
Then about half way down our road, my mom drove by - again not weird, she was driving home from work. But I hadn't seen her in a while, I didn't feel like finishing my walk and more importantly Wrigley was losing his mind. So we went back to the house. How I didn't see Sabrina sitting in the passenger seat of my mother's car I will never know. All I know is that I walked into my house and she was sitting on my couch!
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We had the best week! I'm planning to do a whole blog post on what we did and where we went to give you some ideas for what to do during a Vermont summer but we'll get to that. Honestly, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Sabrina really showed up in my living room.
Like I said, I didn't think she would never visit. I just figured we were both so busy and life pulls us both in so many directions that it would take more planning because 946 miles is a long way to go. But for us, that doesn't matter. It didn't matter that I was working or that she spent money on last minute flights. Sabrina didn't care to sit in an airport for 4 hours until my mom got out of work and could pick her up so she didn't ruin the surprise. she was willing to do all of this just to see me and she knows I'd do the same thing for her.
Finding a best friend like this is one the best things that has ever happened to me. To have someone who constantly shows up for me - even if it's sitting in silence watching Tiktoks next to each other. It's beyond comforting to know that no matter what, no matter where, no matter when my best friend is a simple text or phone call away.
P.S. If you've been thinking about surprising your long-distance bestie - I 100% recommend making it happen!