I couldn’t help them, and I’ve never been one to stifle them. It was after I departed with my friends after a very memorable night. I parted ways with today with my friends and in that moment, everything felt so real. Time caught up with me and I had this moment of ultimate reality. We are 24, we have been friends for 10 years and for the next two, we will be separated by a lot of land. It wasn’t necessarily tears of sadness, it was mostly thankful tears. I couldn’t believe how lucky I am to have such “stick by my side” friends. Our friendship has never wavered. Speeches, pictures, memories, everything about last night was moving & unforgettable.
Today was the first time I’ve called out of my job, in my entire life. I was drunk and sick when I woke up. I felt terrible. I knew if I couldn’t find someone to come in for me, I would have to drive to work with the fear of still being drunk. Strawberry to the rescue. My friend Kathleen (strawberry) saved me today. My coworkers amazed me today, I stopped in to apologize for my irresponsibility and I was greeted by all smiles and excitement to see me.This is when the tears started flowing again. That place is like a home to me, my adolescence and young adulthood have been shaped in that restaurant. I met my 4 of my best friends there. Customers that I will have in my life for the rest of my life. It’s become so much more than a job, it’s become a safe place.