Friends Forever -You Know Too Much

Posted Sep 5 2011, 8:00 am in , , , , , ,

In honor of my new short story, Betty and Veronica, for the next few weeks I’ll be showcasing some of the ‘besties’ in my life. Last week I pulled Deb kicking and sort of screaming into the spotlight.

They say opposites attract, and I think that must be true. At least when it comes to my friendship with Tammy. She’s quiet and often reserved where I’m, well, not so much. She plays things pretty close to her chest while I tend to wear my emotions splashed all over my face. In many ways, it’s like yin and yang. But, it seems to work. And it’s always worked.

Cheers to Us!

I met Tammy on the most unlikely of places – an internet healthy living board. We hit it off on cyber-space and when we started emailing back and forth it turned out that I was building a house two doors down from the one she lived in. A friendship meant to be from the very start.

It didn’t take long for us to fall into an easy pattern of lunches, sharing and talking. That was five years ago, and I still can’t imagine not being able to tell her everything that’s going on. Most of the time she just ‘knows’ anyway. Shopping one day we saw a plaque that said, “We’ll be friends forever, you know too much.” That about sums it up.

One of my biggest supporters from the very beginning, Tammy has never doubted that I will succeed with my writing. She’s read early drafts, some WAY too early, she was the first to give feedback on my cover and was responsible for one of my very first purchases in the Amazon store. Having that kind of support, is HUGE.

I know that this is one lady that’s in my corner.

And trust me, you want her in your corner.

Cancer Ride 2009!

When Tammy sets her mind to something, she does it. One of my very favorite stories about Tammy is that she overcame a major life long fear of water, got her butt in a pool and completed a triathlon. HUGE. That’s one tough chick!

Together we signed up and completed our very first 200km, 2 day bike ride together. I never would have dreamed about doing  such a thing if it hadn’t been for Tammy and without a doubt I could NEVER have been able to complete it without her.

We’ve done some pretty amazing things together. And I know there will be more to come.

In honor of besties that have your back and push you to be better, share your story. How has a friend made you a better person?

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In sickness and in health…that’s what best friends are for, right?

When Addison announces she has breast cancer, her best friend Rori knows she’ll do whatever it takes to see her through it. Because after all, what’s Betty without her Veronica?




19 responses to “Friends Forever -You Know Too Much”

  1. I’m loving your posts about your besties! Your friendships say a lot about you Elena – in order to have a good friend, you have to be a good friend! Obviously you are one of the best!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thanks Patricia.
      I’m really enjoying writing these posts because I think sometimes we tend to take our friendships for granted and by writing these, I’m able to reexamine how lucky I am to have such amazing women in my life!
      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Wow, you are truly blessed with such great besties! Your life is amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Tammy sounds like a great person to have in your corner. And I’m so impressed that she got over her fear of water and then did a triathlon. Very cool. 🙂

    I’m enjoying these posts, too.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Tammy is an amazing lady. Not everyone can do what she did. I even wrote about her story in Chicken Soup for the Runner’s Soul. She’s very inspiring. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. What a great friendship! I have great critique partners, who I am really lucky to call my best friends. Although we are all quite different from each other, the writing keeps us together. A lot of my other friendships are transient and short-lived. Such is life!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Ah…crit partners are awesome besties to have because they so ‘get’ what being a writer is like. Yay for you for having found some great ones. And it’s often the differences that make us so strong.

  5. Sounds like my bestie Stephanie. Couldn’t do this writing thing without her!

  6. Amber West says:

    My two besties sadly live on the other side of the country…but they are the two people that keep me going no matter what. A blog comment just wouldn’t do them justice 🙂

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Oh, I get that, Amber. One of my besties (you’ll meet her next week) lived on the other side of the world for 8 years. That was hard. Really hard. And you’re right…blog comments can never do these girls justice. 😉

  7. Naomi Bulger says:

    That’s actually a hard question, because in my case, it’s how HAVEN’T my friends made me a better person? My besties constantly challenge me, support me, love me and encourage me, and they help me to be a better person in so many ways. I couldn’t do without my girlfriends.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Oh, I like that approach. How HAVEN’T they made us better?! It’s true. A good girlfriend is constantly supporting, challenging and loving. Girls rock. Nuff said. 🙂

  8. Tamika says:

    I loved Archie comics as a child! Every trip to the grocery store sent me on a hunt for a new addition. Betty and Veronica were the perfect spice to the story lines!

    Congrats on your release!

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