We had a garage sale in 2004, shortly before I moved to Florida. We made $6.
On Dyngus Day in St. Pete, Florida. April 2010.
Back in April my best friend Ro flew down to Florida to spend her spring break with me.
The visit was so succulent and memorable and FUN that the second I dropped Ro off at the airport (to return to Buffalo) I began bawling.
But before she left, I interviewed her. I intended to post the interview back in April, but I’ve been busy, stressed and cranky, which is unfortunate because during her stay I felt weightless. Young. Just reading over this thing makes me giggle — something I could use a little more of lately.
Rose and I have been friends since 7th grade. To fully understand the kind of friendship we have you’d have to see our high school yearbooks. Every June before summer vacation we’d exchange yearbooks and fill three full pages each with memories.
If we were handed yearbooks as adults, Rose and I would still fill three pages each every year.
And we live 1,300 miles apart.
Ro is getting married next Saturday at a beautiful old church in South Buffalo. I’m her matron of honor. The conversation below touches on that and everything from pussy willows to swim caps to that time in 8th grade when we apparently didn’t speak to each other.
Dear Ro: I’m sitting at the Tampa Airport, waiting to board my flight to Buffalo. I’m so excited to see you get married that my restless leg syndrome is keeping the man next to me awake.
What’s on your mind at this current moment?
“Trying to find the picture of the dress I’m wearing for my shower.”
Would you ever consider wearing a jumpsuit or a romper to your shower?
“Yes, I can wear anything I want to my shower. It’s my one chance to be ridiculous. I’m kidding. You should write that I’m kidding”
Is there a particular shower gift you’re anticipating or really want?
“No, not at all. I’m anticipating not getting a tandem bicycle. Yeah, no. There’s nothing I really want because the things on my registry would be good to have, but they’re probably not necessary.”
Your mom was going to get you a tandem. Why did she nix the idea?
“Well, as you well know, it’s difficult to live with people who do not share the same level of fitness energy as you do, so I thought it would cause many fights. It felt like I would predominately ride the tandem bike single.”
Was she crushed that you didn’t want it?
“I think she’s relieved that she didn’t waste $800 on a bike no one would ride.”