This week's post is dedicated to my bridesmaid and oldest friend Kelli. Kelli and I met WAY back in 7th grade at the ripe old age of 12 during our "awkward" years. We had science class together and Kelli sat behind me. We were on friendly terms but didn't really become friends until high school when we were both on our high school dance team. I remember us both trying out for the Poms in the spring of 8th grade and holding hands while we waited to hear if our numbers were called on the last day.
We both spent all 4 years on Poms and shared so many memories of Pom camp, early morning summer practices, competitions, becoming State Champs our Junior year and of course all the football and basketball games. Kelli still remembers several of our old routines to this day which amazes me. We each had our own closer circle of friends but we ran in the same overall social group and sat in the same hallway at lunchtime (where you sat at lunch defined your social standing).
If it weren't for Kelli I may not have ended up at ECU. I remember us once again having science (Chemistry to be exact) together our Senior year and discussing where we wanted to go to college. I had no clue what I wanted to do. It was Kelli that first told me about ECU and that she was applying. After doing some research (which consisted of glancing through their catalog) I decided I wanted to go there too. Not only did we both get in but we ended up in the same dorm (though not as roommates).
I decided to join a sorority my freshman year but Kelli wanted to stay on her own and make friends through the dorm and her classes her first year. However, after seeing all the fun I was having she decided to Rush our sophomore year and thanks to A LOT of persuasion on my end she also ended up in AOII.
Kelli is the only friend I have that knows both the High School and College Shannon and of course all the people that we went to school with since we were 12 years old. She is also the owner of MANY embarrasing photos and stories of me during my youth which is only one of the reasons I stay on her good side :) The great thing about our friendship is that no matter how much time may pass between our conversations whether it's a day or a month we are always able to pick up right where we left off.
I had the honor of being one of Kelli's bridesmaids two years ago and I'm so glad that she will now be part of my special day.