August 04, 2005

Birthdays and History

I cannot keep up with all the birthdays. Good Grief. It is quite apparent to me that Halloween and Thanksgiving are quite festive holidays as there is such a plethora of July and August Birthdays!

Happy Late Birthday to Jim of Snooze Button Dreams. His big day was yesterday.

There are two birthday’s today… first is Pam of Pamibe. Pam is the fifth blog I ever read… and the designer of my blog. She does an awesome job with logos and banners! Happy Birthday, Pam!

Second is VW, my blogdaughter of One Happy Dog Speaks. Many of you may not know my history with VW. We’ve known each other since Fall of 1986. I came back home to finish up my studies at the local University and VW was in attendance. We met because I knew her then boyfriend… he and I went to high school together.

I spent the last years of college hanging out with the Computer Engineering majors in the Computer Lab. Although it wasn’t my major, the Math and Statistics departments were in the same building and since I was full on in my major, all my coursework was either Math/Stats or Computing. I took enough Computing classes for a minor whereas all my Computing friends took enough Math classes for a minor.

And there it was, that I started hanging in the Computer Lab and I hooked up with my old friend from high school and his girlfriend, VW, who ended up being his wife. I attended their wedding. It didn’t end up working out for them, even relationships with two GREAT people can go bad, as was the case, but in the end, they both ended up with wonderful mates that fit them, so it has a happy ending.

They are the reason I got my job down here in West Palm and therefore the reason I met my husband. VW and her ex- are a year older than I, so while I finished my senior year, they had gotten jobs as engineers for an aerospace company. Her ex- was firm with me that I should apply with their company and he’s not one to be argued with! So I applied, they accepted me, and I got a job. One resume, one job. Piece of cake.

So the company sent movers to my folk’s house to pack up my stuff and I made my way down to the south end of the State, knowing NOBODY except VW and her ex-. And they looked out for me.

On weekends they had me come over and play. I met their friends. They had me over for game night. I didn’t cook then, so VW would have me over for a home cooked meal. (We swap recipes all the time now, which makes me laugh.) It was then that I had her Chicken Tetrazzini that is to die for.

Essentially they were family to me where I had none. They looked out for me and my general well being. They couldn’t stand my then boyfriend, but gave me two thumbs up on my now husband.

They were the first people outside of my family to see my first son after his birth, coming to see me in the hospital.

And although it was her ex- that was my friend since 1979, a freshman in high school was I and he a sophomore, both taking French, he was in the clique of guys I hung out with, it is VW and I who then became fast friends and have stayed in touch through all the years.

It is the simple fact that… as I grew older, I realized I needed girlfriends. She has always been there for me. 19 years.

And in the last few years, VW met her wonderful husband, I attended their wedding, and they have had two little boys of their own.

She has a post HERE of her when she was a baby and child and a post HERE of things that have been invented since 1964.

Happy 41st Birthday, VW!

Posted by Boudicca at August 4, 2005 09:43 PM | TrackBack

Thank you! I hope we have 19 more years of craziness together.

Posted by: VW Bug at August 4, 2005 09:48 PM

Happy Birthday VW!!!

Posted by: Sissy at August 4, 2005 10:09 PM

Thanks, Bou! :-)

Posted by: Jim at August 5, 2005 05:36 AM

How wonderful!

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 5, 2005 09:24 AM

Thank you! :)

I didn't know you two had such a history...! I love men, but Girlfriends are indeed a must... :)

Posted by: pam at August 5, 2005 11:54 AM