Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Personally: I Get to Meet My Best Friend


I get to meet my best friend tomorrow. I know that sounds totally weird, but it's true.

Back in 2001, I joined Yahoo book discussion groups. Pretty soon I was chatting away with other book lovers for the first time in my life, and I was totally enamored of this really cool girl that read a lot of cool books and who was into graphic design and stuff. That's right, kids. I thought Heather from Capricious Reader was too cool for school. And we kind of shared a brain and liked all the same stuff.

Pretty soon she was having babies and still chatting books. And then I was having failed relationship drama and moving back and forth across the country. We were working on Estella's Revenge together, and sending Christmas presents. And she was tired of her job. And I was having a second adolescence in grad school. Then she was settled with growing kiddos. I was still a loose cannon. And we took over Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. Then she was canning and farmers marketing, and I was beginning to get my bearings.

Now it's 13 years later and we finally get to meet, and she'll be my Matron of Honor. We've shopped online together. We've brainstormed. We've planned. And I am truly HONORED that she and her hubs agreed to fly halfway across the country, hang out with us, and help David and I celebrate our wedding day.

Heather has heard it all these last 13 years. We've chatted or Facebooked or emailed or texted so many of the last 4,745 days we've known each other.


I am so so so blessed to have a best friend like Heather. It's about darn time we met. 

Trying not to cry NOW. 
And I'm CRYING while I write this post. We are TOAST at the airport tomorrow! If you don't already follow me on Instagram, do. You'll get a first look at our meeting and all the trouble we can get into over the next four days. 


34 comments:

  1. Oh drat. Now I'M crying! I cannot wait for tomorrow! So much hugging and crying and loving! Dallas will have never seen the like!!!! Love you!

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  2. As I've chattered on Twitter, so happy for you both -- and can't wait to hear all about it! Sometimes I think it's hard for folks on the "outside" to understand that the friendships we form online are just as important as the ones we sustain in real life . . . sometimes even more important. Y'all are living proof of that. Andi, have the greatest weekend ever -- so very thrilled for you! <3

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  3. The best story ever. Can't wait for the pictures. :)

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  4. So lovely for both of you! Congrats! :)

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  5. Ah.. I had no idea that you two were that close. How awesome is that!

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  6. How exciting! Hope you have a great time :)

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  7. So exciting to finally get to meet, and to have it be at such a special occasion as well. i would be totally overwhelmed.

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  8. How wonderful and exciting!

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  9. Oh my word, I don't think I could adore the two of you more! I might cry too. LOOK WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO ME!

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  10. Oh, well you had me teary eyed before I even got to your picture! This is the sweetest, I'm so excited for you - it's going to make your wedding day even more amazing!

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  11. Aw, how exciting! I just stopped by to let you know that I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award and that I think you're awesome :) I know you might not accept awards but I figured it was thought that counted and nominated you anyway.

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  12. This is just so lovely and I'm so happy for the two of you! I can't wait to read all about when you meet!!

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  13. I can't wait to see pictures! So happy for you both.

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  14. Oh my God. You're going to make me cry! I'm so happy for you guys.

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  15. Oh yea, I think we're all crying enough for you both! I'm so excited for you!! Of course we need to see pictures, videos, etc. of your meeting!

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  16. You had me in tears yesterday morning as I read this post. I thought I'd wait and write my comment a day later, but of course I had to read it again and now I'm in tears again. I love your friendship story and I really get it! I have a few online friends whom I would consider my best friends and yet we've never met. I hope to remedy that someday.

    Enjoy your visit with Heather (my goodness, I remember when I "met" the two of you in our Yahoo group and it doesn't seem that long ago!) and have a lovely, lovely day on Saturday! I can't wait to see all the photos!

    xoxo

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  17. Awwwww. Now *my* eyes are welling up. So happy for you both for a million reasons.

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  18. ...and now you have the entire community in tears! What a wonderful story. So happy for you all!

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  19. So exciting for you both!! Such a lovely story and people we meet online can be so so important to us. We're all still people after all, in person or not. Have an amazing time!

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  20. What a great story behind your friendship! And what a great event to meet over. Can't wait to see the pics and hear more. Have a wonderful week!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I love this story so much. Tears of happiness fill my eyes.!

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  22. BEST STORY EVER. :) I'm all smiles. :)

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  23. ...though I saw the picture and thought, "Your best friend is Neil Gaimann? I'm totally crashing this wedding." :D

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  24. I loved reading your best friend story. I can't wait to hear all about your joyous meeting and the wedding, of course! :)

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  25. I had no idea you'd known each other since 2001! I knew it had been before I knew either of you, but that is amazing. I am so freaking excited for you guys. I can't imagine how many feelings you are having today!

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  26. Seriously guys, you are just my favorite. I'm so crazy excited for you two to finally meet!

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  27. So exciting! It was fun to follow the two of you on Instagram - I felt like I was traveling along with Heather!

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  28. I know that I am late to this party, as I have seen all the Instagram posts, but I am so thrilled for you guys! I have always loved your internet how-we-met story :). And I wish Yahoo groups were as strong as they used to be! I met so many wonderful friends on there, too. And those old school forums!

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  29. This is such a wonderful story! We all can't wait to see pictures!

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  30. This is such a wonderful story! We all can't wait to see pictures!

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  31. Sounds like a wild week. Have a ball!

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  32. Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm so happy for you! Hope the wedding was everything you wanted it to be!

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  33. This is so exciting ... not only because you got to meet your best friend, but you also got to marry another!! My heart is so happy for all of you!!

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