Friday, January 15, 2010

27 years ago today...

Graci showed up.
And the party was suddenly so much better.

Happy birthday, friend.

Love, T

Since the last time I said that... one year ago today...

You became Graci, MD. (Granted, you have chosen a specialty that will never really provide you with cause to write that on a prescription pad, but still...it looks sorta sexy when you scrawl it on the bar receipt, doesn't it?)

You matched into your first choice residency program. An ivy league program, no less. (Which almost makes up for the fact that your local airport is a freaking Twilight Zone shit hole that flies people into town but then can somehow never figure out how to fly them back out.)

Since starting said residency program, you've only lost one testicle. (And to be fair, it's not like he was still using the thing.)

You became an aunt. (There is absolutely nothing humorous to say here. That baby is so cute, it's not even funny.)

You spent a Sunday morning strolling through Central Park with a friend. (Your friend felt like the luckiest woman in all of New York that day.)

Speaking of starting that residency program, in order to do so, you moved far away from home. (So far, your mother has survived that move.)

You have not just survived the move. You have thrived. I know this has not been an easy year, but you have handled it all with such incredible grace. When I called tonight, you sounded amazing. You were having real beer instead of one of those stupid girlie drinks! You were laughing with new friends. You were totally sucking at Fussball...but yelling, "Shut up, it's my birthday!" seemed to be earning you the points your abysmal eye-beer-hand coordination could not.

Happy birthday, Graci.
I couldn't be more proud to be your bif.

Love, T

5 comments:

Anna said...

Awwww! Happy birthday Graci! Thanks for being awesome and for being such a good friend to Tee! "Angels are like diamonds, they can't be made, you have to find them" - from reading Tee, I do believe you are such an angel friend. :)

Cheers!

ps: and yes, I admit it, that's a quote from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - just to be silly

MmeBenaut said...

Happy Birthday Graci. We know how much you mean to our little T. Have a fun day.

dive said...

Yay!
Happy Birthday, Graci MD!
Woohoo!

.j.william. said...

I happen to like both real beer and girlie drinks.

happy birthday, Graci! Any friend of T's is a friend of me's. Errr...yeah.

graci said...

Sorry for the tremendous delay, but I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes.

And, of course, T, you deserve the greatest thank you of all. You have been such a blessing to me. When we became friends, we actually became best friends almost instantly, and life has never been the same since. You have given me so much credit for things that I've accomplished in the last year, yet you have been a huge part of making that happen (not to mention that you've done the same things yourself- well except for losing a testicle). You have been such an important part of my life that at least some part of the celebration for the past year belongs to you, friend.

I thank you for the birthday wishes, but most of all, I thank you for your amazing friendship.