Thursday, January 19, 2012

High School Girlfriends, All Grown Up...

This weekend one of my high school girlfriends, Jackie, is getting married.
I’m thrilled to not only watch one of my oldest friends walk down the aisle but also to see all my high school girlfriends and most importantly, to stuff my face with some amazing food and wine.
Let me just mention, Jackie’s dad owns a catering company. So you know for damn sure, we will be eaten well!
I remember meeting Jackie in my 9th grade gym class.
She was the overly sweet girl who sounded exactly like Fran Drescher from The Nanny. I, of course, had to be friends with her.
Her heart was as big as her voice and we clicked instantly.
In high school it ended up being seven of us girls who started hanging out together. It was an emotional blast and we had waaay too much fun for our own good.
I was especially close to Jackie. Our favorite thing to do, of all time, was to drive around in her green mustang and smoke about a pack of cigarettes in a four hour period, it was absolutely amazing. We would jam out to OAR and talk about the most important thing in a 16-year-old girl’s life, boys.
All of us girls were so close that we fought and treated each other like sisters.
I was the oldest of the group, with my March birthday, so I was the first to get my learners permit.
I remember “Big Bill” (my dad) was picking me up from a slumber party to take me up to the MVA to take my learners test for the fourth time (I hated studying).
Jackie and I were fighting about god knows what and remember her yelling to me, “I hope you fail your test, Mandy!!”
In Jackie’s eyes this was the meanest thing she could have ever said to me. She cried and told me she didn’t mean it. To this day she will tell you how sorry she is for yelling at me.
Shoot, I needed that. That day I finally passed my learners test.
Jackie’s wedding provides an opportunity to reflect back on our younger days (not that 25 is that old) and to make more amazing memories!  
I love my “pasta!*”
And I love all my high school girlfriends and can’t wait to catch up and laugh our ass’ off!   
*Pasta is Jackie’s nickname. (Most of us girls have odd food nicknames. Pretty-much whatever your favorite food is, that becomes your nickname. “Taco,” over here and guilty as charged. I love me some Mexican food)!
                                                Emily, Me and Jackie- Ocean City, MD 2009?
                                           Just some 21-year-olds a little excited to be at a bar together, Ha!
My 22nd Birthday, I think..

I can't wait to see these ladies!


Faith said...

have a fabulous time at the wedding! old friendships are so amazing ... it is like they know everything about you because they basically grew up with you. nothing like it and really the definition of a lifetime friend.

Mandy Bogdan said...

Faith- Totally true. It's like, no matter how long you haven't seen each other you pick up were you left off. Amazing!
And thank you! Can't wait!

Brittany said...

Have fun at the wedding Mandy! Love that you girls have stayed so close over the years. That's true friendship!

Meg {henninglove} said...

enjoy your weekend and catching up with friends! that is what makes a wedding so fun sometimes and congrats to the bride and groom!

TJOsMommy said...

Are you the matron of honor? B/c i think you totally just wrote your speak. So sweet. It's great to have friends like this :)

Mandy Bogdan said...

Thanks girls! I can't wait to catch-up and get my dance and wine drinkin on!! ;-)