July 28, 2005

Happy Birthday, Tammy!

Today is Tammi’s birthday. (Or as blog bro Johnny Oh likes to call her, Tammilicious!) The big 4-3. So this is a birthday post. Out of the ordinary for me as I normally post at night, I’m posting this first thing so everyone can see and maybe go on over and wish her a good one.

I met Tammi a year ago. It will be a year in August. We were both commenting at Harveys as we’re both blogchildren of his, but we had not really ever spoken until Hurricane Charley. A girl from the Midwest who had migrated to South/Central Florida 10 years ago, she’d never had to endure a hurricane and not only did she have to hunker down for the wrath of Charley, but she had to do so alone.

It’s funny, but when we spoke on the phone, I just was not nervous. You would think that not having met face to face that I would have some trepidation. I had none. You have to know Tammi to understand… to know Tammi is to feel comfortable and welcome, to feel able to be one's self without judgment. So when we spoke, there was an ease of having known each other for a long time, jumping right into conversation without the formality of having to get to know each other.

After that we spoke fairly frequently, but eventually, she became a daily phone call for me. Yup. I speak to Tammi almost every day. She was on the road a lot with her old job, so I’d ring up her cell just to see how she was doing. Honestly, the hurricane was not the scariest time I’ve spoken to her. I think the number 1 time I was scared for her was the time I called AS HER car was breaking down on a major highway in Orlando. I thought for sure I’d vomit that time.

I met her in person for the first time at our Bad Example gathering at her home in March. It was as if we’d known each other for years.

Tammi has become a most treasured and dear friend of mine.

I was lamenting to someone last year, that it is hard for me to make good friends. I have many acquaintances, but not so many close girlfriends. I was expressing that I had two girlfriends from high school, one of them my best friend for the last 25 years, two from college (VW is one), and two from my old job (one lives in CT and one down here) from the past 14 years.

I have not made a really close girlfriend in 14 years. And that saddened me that I had such a hard time letting people in; letting them get close. Especially because of all these girlfriends… only two live in town. And to me... a girlfriend is not someone I can just confide in, but someone I can depend on. Every person I consider a gilfriend, is someone who has proven to me to be extraordinarily trustworthy in the toughest of times... and someone I would go to great lengths to help in any time of need.

And then I met Tammi. She’s the closest I’ve ever let a girl get in 14 years. It was the last thing I ever expected, to make such a dear and close friend over the internet. Someone who is genuinely as you see when she writes… the sweetness, the big heart. On her blog you cannot hear her infectious laugh. Trustworthy and dependable... I never worry about what I tell her and I know if I needed something, she'd be there for me at the drop of a hat... and I for her.

Tammi is the best and I am honored and thrilled to consider her my friend.

And man oh man, if I could get her anything for her birthday, I'd win the lottery and get her out of her current digs. Neighbors from hell and all... Tammi is marked for Sainthood!

Y’all go on over and find a post to wish her happy birthday. Her answer to my bedside Meme post is a good place to start.

Happy Birthday, Tammy! You’re the best.

Posted by Boudicca at July 28, 2005 08:53 AM | TrackBack

Happy Birthday Tammi!!

I'd give her a shoutout at my place but for some disturbing reason (that my hosting company had best fix YESTERDAY) I keep getting "Document has no data"
when I try to load my blog...


Posted by: Graumagus at July 28, 2005 12:27 PM

She is definitely easy to talk to and easy to be around! No nervousness at all! She's the best!

Posted by: Sissy at July 28, 2005 03:39 PM

Happy Birthday, Tammi, you angel :-)

Posted by: Sally at July 28, 2005 04:32 PM

Thank you so much darlin'. For everything...but most of all for the gift of your friendship.

I love ya!

Posted by: Tammi at July 28, 2005 07:18 PM

Having a good gal pal is one of my greatest pleasures...and blessings.

I'm so glad you have Tammi and wish you many years together.

Your post got me thinking about my two best gal pals, I think I'll have to give them both a call and tell them how much I love them.

Posted by: BeeBee at July 30, 2005 07:08 AM