Ok, I don't actually have a friend Tammy, but my friend Andrea does...
Here we are at White Point last September (me and Andrea, that is...not Tammy!):
One morning not too long ago, a few of us were going down for coffee. I think we were talking about food - a frequent topic in our office - and Andrea started to tell us about some delicious concoction her friend Tammy makes. "My friend Tammy..." she said, stopped then added "ok, every second sentence out of my mouth starts with 'my friend Tammy', you'd think I idolized her or something...well, actually I kind of do! She's so amazing, I think I want to be her!" I laughed and replied hey, I'm the same way with "my friend Valerie", except I definitely don't want to be her, she's got too many funerals in her life." (Which has been so true this past month, that isn't even funny anymore.) Catherine joined in the conversation, saying sadly, "aw, I don't have a friend like that..." then she brightened up and added "oh wait, I must be that friend!"
Ever since then, Andrea and I have had a running joke about "my friend Tammy" and "my friend Valerie". Today I was going to get a drink of water, and Andrea was in the hall talking to another coworker, and I hear "my friend Tammy...blah, blah, blah." Of course I burst out laughing. But quickly admitted that I'm not one to talk, seeing how I even have a photo of me and "my friend Valerie" in my office. Andrea glanced at my cabinet and said, "yeah at least I don't have a shrine to my friend Tammy". Hey now, I protested, it's not a shrine, it's a celebration of mutual friendship...the frame was a gift from, not a tribute to, Valerie, after all. Andrea fake pouted, "Oh...I don't have one of those from Tammy, I'll have to make something and pretend it's from her." (Come to think of it the middle photo on my cabinet is a friendship poem and for the background, I was wanting a "footprints in the sand" kind of feel, and happened to use a photo of Andrea and I walking on the beach at White Point. I'll have to tell Andrea she has a place in my friendship "shrine"! lol
I think I'm secretly a little envious of Andrea though, since "her friend Tammy" lives just a couple houses away from her so they get to hang out together all the time (aside from the times when one or the other wants some alone time, which makes perfect sense to my introverted self.) Whereas, Valerie and I live in different communities (although only about a 20 minute drive apart), plus she's pretty much on call 24/7, so we rarely have a chance to hang out together at all, let alone on any regular basis. Which is why, as I said to Andrea, I am so looking forward to staying with Valerie for a couple weeks in Newfoundland this summer, and spending all that wonderful friendship time together. ♥
It's really fun sharing friendship stories with Andrea...and how awesome that we both feel like we have the most amazing friend ever! (But really "my friend Valerie" is the most amazing...shhh, don't tell Andrea!) lol :)