30 April 2007

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my best friend, Tracy, in Chicago!


She is one of the most generous, kind, loyal and beautiful people I know.

However my life may change, she will always be there, and I know I can always count on her. Here are some of the reasons why she is one of my favorite people:

She let me keep my milk in her fridge after mine broke when we were freshman in the dorms at Indiana University -- even though she thought I was kind of scary. (I was a bit surly at the time...move-in day was rough)

She dragged our friends to watch me sit the bench when I played water polo my freshman year.

When she was in kindergarten, she tried to beat up an 8th grader who had made fun of her older sister (much to her sister's chagrin and embarrassment...but what courage!)

Tracy shared her parents and family with me, and made me feel not so homesick that year.

Only with Tracy can I spend a whole day watching really bad Kevin Costner films, eating popcorn and have the best Saturday ever.

She has been my travel companion on numerous road-trips; Indianapolis to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale to Philly and the infamous trip from Indy to Las Vegas...when my car broke down on a mountainside in Utah and we had to drive in a flat-bed with a tow-truck driver named Mike, whose first words to us when we got in the car were,"You girls ever been so drunk you couldn't walk straight?" Did I mention it was also snowing?


She's a brave girl who has lived in Chicago, London, a sorority house, and New Zealand and Australia.

She let me cry over boys not worth crying over. And she'll sob along with me though episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

She's always on my side, even if we both know I'm not necessarily right.

When I called to tell her Andrew had died, it was unspoken that she would fly down to be with me for the funeral. Not only for me, but for my family, and because she loved my brother too.

Because she's the type of friend you don't expect to ever have, and they understand you completely.

We travelled through Europe together for two weeks and were still friends. And invented 'alter-egos' to make the long train rides funnier.

She knit me a scarf!


Happy Birthday, Tracy! I hope your day is wonderful.

P.S. If you print this out, can this count as your card? Just kidding. But it may be a few days late...not kidding! xoxo.

1 comment:

Tracy "De Mango" Fitzgerald said...

I love you the MOST! I can't believe you wrote all that! You are the best friend a girl could wish for. Thank you for almost making me cry (would have been bawling Grey's style if not for being at work and trying to be strong.)

And if you were referring to the mysterious package with the earrings that arrived sans name of sender then THANK YOU - and I am wearing the earrings today at work - they are SOOOOO amazing and cool and fabulous and I LOVE THEM. I thought they might be from you b/c there was no card... but they came from a jewelry shop in NYC. I was going to call tonight to confirm and of course thanks you. (I am wearing the long dangley ones with the gold leaves.)