Wednesday, April 20, 2011

my dearest margo.

i remember a very specific afternoon we met for lunch february of last year. it was a sunny day at the ferry building, but it was apparent that there was a lingering dark cloud. she was mid-busy season. no light at the end of the tunnel. as she started to eat she looked at me and paused. with all her might she tried to keep her composure and said, "i'm miserable, gina."

as simple as that. no denial. this is the problem. i need to deal with it. that's the beauty of how margo's mind works. problem...solution.

i don't know about you, but i don't like it one bit when my friends are hurting.

i went straight back to my office and dug through my "quote" files to draft an email of inspiration in hopes to cure my margo.

i just found that email.

the subject line reads: i-n-s-p-i-r-e. it has a plethora of quotes. the point being though, i wanted with my entire being and heart to turn her mood around.

not to toot my own horn here, but i think it worked. by late march margo had the ball rolling. resumé re-vamped and meetings set up. that's what i admire about margo. she is a competitive spirit which will get her really really far in life. she's confident, hard-working, and rational. her drive is unlike anyone i've ever known at our age. i admire her and hope that this energy will rub off on me.

do you want to know one of my favorite things about margo?

she chooses her friends wisely. so when you're one of them, you know it's for real.

she loves fruit more than anything. and chris, of course.

we have the best slumber parties where we stay up late and giggle like little girls.

and sometimes when we don't see each other for a while we get SEPANX.
what is that, you ask? oh, just our lingo...separation + anxiety.

when work days are slow we'll IM each other... "what is inspiring you today?"

anyhow, the margo/gina-isms are endless. i'll spare you.

last but not least, margo recently decided that she wants to become a yogi.
i got the call on a saturday evening after she woke up from a nap {also one of her things}.

"gina, they have the six month special going on. i'm going to do it."

"OKAY!!!!" i shout with glee on the other end of the line.

"okay, bye."

and that was that.

when her mat is next to mine, she is an observant and curious soul embracing this new found hobby.

we hugged goodbye last night on our usual corner before parting ways after a great class.

"bye, friend."

"bye, friend."

sometimes those two simple words are the most comforting in all the world, and that's usually how it goes.

i am so grateful for yet another guardian angel. she listens. she encourages. she fixes. we are really great for each other.

the end.


  1. Gina, this is the sweetest thing in the world. I'm so lucky to have such a thoughtful friend. See you at Yoga tonight :)


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