oh the friends you will make......

On Friday evening, I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to Valerie Mayen's Hullabaloo for Yellowcake shop fashion show fundraiser. The translated collection was called "Love the Bitch and then Some" with a kickass soundtrack, models with white buns, magenta, yellow and polka dot dresses and even a little dance at the end featuring the designer herself.

When the show was finished, Valerie quieted the audience and spoke candidly about her mentor who sadly is incredibly sick and how important she has been in her life, especially in supporting her career. It was in incredibly touching moment and I can't imagine anyone wasn't tearing up while Valerie was speaking.

Valerie speaking to the audience; model in my favorite dress; the Yellowcake crew and clothes galore

As I think about my own friends and family, I'm incredibly grateful that I'm surrounded by an amazingly supportive family and circle of friends that I handpicked over the past years. My dad always says, "You can't choose your family but you can pick your friends," and we are all given the chance to handpick the friends that we want as part of our lives and even clean them out when it's necessary. Whether you've known them for 10 years, 5 years or 3 months, it's the connection that you make that matters and some of the connections you make now can last an entire lifetime or simply just a year or even a summer.

As I think about this past weekend, I indulged in clambake with a group of friends I've known for a few years where we devoured half chickens, clams and endless amounts of apple spiced cider.

solving the world's problems with a clambake
who says you can't have a clambake in an apartment?

Another Sunday was spent devoted to tailgating on a sunny 70 degree day in October, sampling every pudding shot Tabitha crafted in her kitchen and watched the Browns win live from the stadium with seats only 18 rows from the field with the cutest pair of old men in front of us. One of them was even at the championship in 1964 and none of us could resist high fiving them when they turned around with each touchdown. (My guess is they've been friends since 1964 too.)

pudding shots in every flavor; extended Amherst friends; chili cook off and trophy;

So take a minute today to send a friend a text, a hey tell or a tweet to let them know how grateful you are for them to be part of your life, whether you've known them for your whole life or have only spent a few happy hours out with them because you never know what the hell can happen.

They matter, they make you laugh, cry, fight and are there for you at 3 a.m. in the morning in the event you ever need them to pick you up. Because let's face it, those are the kind of friends you want around.


Kimberly said...

What a perfectly timed post. Well said. And that clambake looks amazing!!

Allyson said...

Love the post! Looks like you had a great weekend. And love the part about friends. You are completely right! Thanks for reminding me how grateful I am for everything in my life! :D I might have to repost that line so, thanks!!!

Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

So true! I've learned through the years to spend my energy on great people who are true friends - life's too short for bad friends!! Looks like a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

awesome post .. and not just because i was named :) i too was with you, and completely in tears when valerie was talking about her mentor. hullabaloo was fantastic, which led to an unexpected fun night on 25th. and then of course there were the pudding shots. sunday funday and tailgating again for sure. but with all that said, i just absolutely loved what you had to say about friendships - completely resonated with me. my supporting cast is awesome and i thank my stars for them each day ... and also the chances i have been given over the past several months to meet you and the other fabulous bloggers/twitter folks in cle. blessed.

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Aww that was really sweet what you said about your friends and family. And your dad is totally right!

Katelin said...

i second jess, love what you said about friends and family, it' just so true!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome reminder about friends - and family. They're irreplaceable and they need to know it. :)

My heart twinged with nostalgia seeing the Browns stadium. Hoping they get their second win today!

PS - I love the description of yourself - I'm always told to "slow down!" when I'm talking. And no one in NC will ever understand that it's "pop," not "soda." :)