Today I am thankful for my best friend Denise. This afternoon she is having yet another surgery to add to her long list of them that she has accumulated over the years (Denise was a competitive gymnast and can put anyone to shame with how many things she has injured). I want to tease her that it’s “…not a tumor…” (spoken like Arnold Schwarzenegger of course), but it actually is. Thankfully not a cancerous one, but something that still needs to be removed. She is the only person that I know who will drive herself to and from the hospital after having surgery. Surgery on her head. But to her, it is no biggie … just another to add to the list.

      Denise, I am so grateful for you. You are the person I can tell anything to. You will be completely honest with me, even if what you say might be hard to hear. I can trust you to tell me that yes, those jeans do make me look fat, haha. You aren’t girly, but can rock the girly look when you need to. It still cracks me up that you won’t carry a purse. You are one of the smartest people I know, one of the humblest too, and you have integrity in spades. Plus you are scarily good at everything you try.

      We have been through boyfriends, break ups, deaths, marriages, pregnancies, and births together. We know the good, bad, and ugly about each other and continue to add to that list each year. We often intimidate people when we are together because we have always been a force to be reckoned with. Oh and the laughter about so. many. things. Are you going to stop harassing me about your thankful day now? hahah :)

      I respect you, admire you, and then love to give you shit about it all. I could go on and on about you, but I am going to stop now, because I can feel you getting uncomfortable … this is basically a written hug ;-) (Denise does NOT like people in her personal space either, so I always hug her every time I see her).

      Be safe today. I am so grateful for you and need you here for all the tomorrows. xoxo