Before I have memories with Dawn I have memories of her. I don't remember officially meeting her, she was just always there. No one could miss the beautiful and shy little girl with the curly hair, fluffy dress, and matching tights. We went to church together from a very young age, but Dawn was in the older class so we didn't interact with each other at first. Somehow I think I always knew we'd be friends. Who wouldn't want a friend with coordinating tights. I don't know that she felt the same way from the beginning. We were in a dance class together before we started playing as friends. When our little sisters got together to play somehow we got roped into the fun as well. I say roped because I think legend has it Dawn thought I was kind of weird at first. I wonder if she ever changed her mind on that one. Weird or not we instantly became best friends.
Weekends and after school were often spent at Dawn and Dusty's house. We'd order Domino's pizza, eat junk food out of their well stocked pantry, and give each other oatmeal facials. And when we weren't having sleep overs on the roof we could be found reporting the news, making movies, and playing, uh hum, bar. Yes somehow even little Mormon girls have fun mixing drinks (don't read anything else into that, we were and stayed good girls). At least we liked to drink out of the fun wine glasses and make strange concoctions out of whatever we could find in the refrigerator. I don't think we realized that the concoction we were really creating was a life long friendship.
Those days feel like a million years ago, but the hopes and dreams we had then are still fresh in my mind. We spent a lot of time as girls dreaming of the lives we'd lead. I can remember late nights laying on that trampoline nestled in that desert mountain staring at the stars, talking about boys, and making plans for our future. And somehow the cosmos were listening and I think we managed to make all of those dreams come true. It's hard to believe that we are here living the lives we planned for. We went away to college together, married the boys we fell in love with, and are having the time of our lives raising our young families. And through it all, the good and the bad, we have remained friends. I can't wait for the next chapter in our lives, and know that you will always be my friend. Happy Birthday Dawn, here's to the next thirty years!
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