It was the first day of law school, and we were supposed to be heading over to our small group professor’s class for a little meet & greet. I ducked into the bathroom to check my hair one last time and do a little yoga breathing for courage, and that’s where I met her. She was pulling a rolly suitcase stuffed full of law books behind her, and she introduced herself as Jessica from North Florida. Not South Florida, mind you. North. She told me all about her bipolar cat, Meesh and her adventures of being homeschooled, and then she sang me a verse of a song I’d never heard before.
And that was all before we’d dried our hands.
And just like that, I walked into that bathroom looking for courage and came out with a new BFF. Our whole first year, we were inseparable. I loaned her clothes and she gave me a heads up when I was about to be called on in class. We rolled our eyes at all the future politicians around us, and drank more coffee than should probably be legally allowed.
During our second year, she was patient with me even though I fell off the face of the planet because of some guy named Justin that I’d met over the summer and hey I think there might be something there. And three years later, she stood up with us at our wedding as we promised forever. She was one of the very first people to tell me that I should go for it in starting this business with him, and I think she believed I could do it even before I did.
In short, she is the kind of friend people dream of.
See what I’ve realized over the years is that friends like Jessica don’t come along every day. They can’t just be found or chosen from among your work friends or people who live in your building. They only come along every once in a blue moon and only when the universe knows you need them most. Because the truth is, I probably would have walked out of that bathroom that day and kept on walking right out of law school if I hadn’t met her.
And Lord knows where I’d be right now if that had happened.
Meet: Jessica & Rich
And now, I have the great happiness of watching my friend fall in love herself. With a guy she met a while back and hey there might be something there. So much so that they just got engaged. :) We had the absolute pleasure of meeting up & hanging out with Jessica & Rich when we were out in San Francisco. And after spending just one afternoon watching them together-loving and laughing and standing forehead to forehead together- I think I’d have to agree. There is most definitely something there. In the way he looks at her. In the care he takes with her. In the fact that she can’t stop smiling when he’s around.
Jess, even if this whole crazy path we’re on was solely for the purpose that I would someday become a photographer and get to document you being so happy…then I’d say it was a ride well worth it. And just know that I’m really, really glad it was you in that bathroom, and not one of the future politicians. :)