I've known Teresa for 25 years now. We've had some great times together over the years, as well as the odd fall-out (which we've always been able to reconcile).
It was Teresa who didn't pressure me to choose between friends in high school when others were doing so. She just waited until I realised how true a friend she was.
It was Teresa who, at my surprise 18th birthday party, made sure the food went in to the oven, was heated and served to my guests, whilst I sang ABBA songs with our friends.
It was Teresa who listened to me patiently when I complained constantly about my relationships, or lack thereof, in those years before I met my husband, and allowed me to cry on her shoulder numerous times.
It was Teresa who, at my 21st birthday party, made sure I ate something, by fetching me food, and insisting I sit down and eat it.
It was Teresa who flew to Sydney from our hometown of Perth with her husband, leaving her two small children in the care of others, so she could share my wedding day with me. She came to my apartment and helped me dress, joking with me to ease my nerves.
It was Teresa who, on any trip I've taken back to Perth over the years, would organise a lunch or bbq at her place so we could get together with girlfriends.
It was Teresa who, after moving with her family to Sydney for a short time, insisted I go to the first school function when my eldest son was in Kindy, so I could meet other parents. She looked after my kids - including the 4yr old, who was only a few months' old at the time.
Teresa and I don't see each other very often these days, nor do we email or call each other nearly enough (I'm better at emailing, she's better at calling), but she will always have a special place in my heart.
I am grateful for her friendship.
Happy Birthday, Teresa. Love and miss you. xxx
Thanks to Maxabella for hosting the weekly 'grateful' post.
Do you have a special friend you've known for a long time? What are you grateful for this week?
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