Thursday’s Trickle of Tears

It’s been a week y’all! I’ve been the only graphic designer at work this week as the other one is on vacation. I cannot tell you how glad I will be when she gets back. I typically have a heavy workload but this week has been insane. It’s commencement week around here which got heck of a huge commencement program to get to the press. But get it there I did! The poor boys have been running them day and night to get them finished for graduation on Saturday.

It’s been an emotional week for me as well! My best friend of 5 years is graduating on Saturday and while I’m thrilled for her..I’m not thrilled that I have to say “Later Lilly!” to my bestie as she heads off to Atlanta. Yes I know..she’s only a couple of hours away..but we’ve shared every major life moment together for the last five years. It’s going to be hard for me Saturday. I’m happy..but I’m terrified on the inside.

They say in life all good things must come to an end. But you never really expect those chapters in your life to end, right? One of the best group of friends I’ve ever had will walk across the stage Saturday, grab their diplomas and drive off to do great things in their lives. They’re headed to Atlanta, Charlotte, medical school, the Army Med Corps and I couldn’t be prouder :)

I’ll never forget the day they walked into FMU and I was super excited to be their orientation leader. A junior myself, I was pretty passionate about my school. I had finally found my footing and was developing into the woman who I wanted to be. I immediately knew that one of the girls in my group was going to be fun. Her smile and go get it attitude were all-encompassing. We quickly developed a bond and I’m proud to say that she’s like a sister to me :) Through the last 5 years she’s been no further than a phone call away. She’s been with me through a broken engagement, held my hand as I figured out who I was again, encouraged me to apply to grad school and helped me heal from the most tragic event I’ve ever lived through. Her love is priceless to me. We’ve spent nights on the porch crying, we’ve traveled the world together and we’ve become the dearest and best of friends.

She dragged me into the honors program and I’ll forever be grateful. She made me step out of my comfort zone and held my hand so I wouldn’t be scared. She kicked my butt when I needed it and hugged me when my life fell apart.

As a student, she kicked butt. There wasn’t a single freshman in her class of 600+ that didn’t know her name.  { She might have added the entire class as her friends on Facebook before she got here :) } If you went to school here over the past 4 years you’ve seen her around. She would become the first female head ref in the history of our university. She made huge strides in the intramural program for females. She’s been involved in nearly every aspect of campus life. Without her, I’m pretty sure 90% of the soccer team would have failed one class or another. She’s spent 4 years pouring her heart and soul into others.  Two weeks ago, I watched her receive award after award for the intramural program. She’s been instrumental in its growth and development. Last week, I watched her receive the Mass Communication award for Best Sports Journalist.

I’ve watched her do some amazing things :) I’m so excited to see where her career goes. She’s going to be an amazing sports broadcaster! But in 2 days for the first time in 5 years..she won’t be 15 minutes away. She’ll be 5 1/2 hours away. What do you do when your best friend in the entire world moves away? ( ice cream..and cry some more!)

But on top of all of the above..I’ve watched her slowly fall in love with the most precious boy I know :) Neither of us are good at relationships..chalk it up to bad experiences with the worst guys. But this boy..he’s been different from day one. With his sweet smile, kind heart and no-nonsense attitude..he swept in and slowly became her knight in shining armor. It hasn’t been without its ups and downs..but through it all he’s never wavered. I couldn’t be more excited to watch their story unfold.

We’ve done some amazing things from the beginning of her freshman year. I’m glad that for the last 5 years our chapters of life have overlapped and intertwined. I have a feeling our story isn’t over yet. Our lives as adults and alumni are just beginning. But we’ll always look back on these 5 years and know that Kat & Lilly were quite the dynamic duo :)

Here’s to Lilly!

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand :) 

Forever Your Partner In Crime :)


One Sad/Happy Lemon

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