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Posted on Thursday 2 August 2012 at 7:12 am

Month Meme - Day 3

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Ganked this from mrstater. Would love to see more people do it, if you've got any time at all!

Day 3: Your first best friend
I don't really remember a first best friend. When I was around four or five, we had a terrible baby sitter. My parents didn't realize just how terrible she was, but she was awful. There was a little girl who lived across the street from the baby sitter. In my memory she was always there with her dad so I guess a stay-at-home dad, which would be unusual now and exceptionally so in the mid 1980s, but still possible. I would go over to her house as often as I could get permission. Was she - I think her name was Morgan - my first best friend or just an escape? I suspect the latter. We switched to a new baby sitter shortly after the day I was running in the then baby sitter's backyard, stepped on a piece of wood, and ended up with a rather long nail going through my shoe, into my foot, and almost clear through my foot. I don't remember ever really seeing Morgan after we changed baby sitters.

I suppose my first real best friends were Rari and Nicole, then. They were both in my girl scout troop from kindergarten until I moved from Kansas at age 15. All through elementary school, I'd sometimes be in the same class as Nicole and we'd always have lunch and recess together since the entire grade would share those, but Rari was held back in first grade so I hung out with her a bit less. I had a lot of fun with them both and loved them both, but looking back it is the minor flaws that stick out most in my mind.

Rari had absolutely no back bone and no opinion of her own. She wouldn't even say what flavor of ice cream she wanted at any given moment, it was always "I'll have whatever Rachael's having." I would sometimes push her until she'd give an opinion then lavish praise all over it to encourage her or sometimes disagree and as soon as she'd switch to matching me tell her not to do that and to stick to her guns. I don't think it did much good.

Nicole was more outgoing and assertive than Rari, but she was hopelessly naive and gullible. She would believe anything anybody told her. She also had no understanding of social little white lies or to put it another way, she was completely tactless. She was just this honest, little, wide-eyed kid in every sense. I would try to corrupt her into the world of little white lies just as I'd try to get Rari to voice an opinion, but it never would work.

My mom has always said that I have a knack for picking friends who are wounded birds and trying to nurse them to health.

The Days of the Meme
1. Your name
2. All the places you've lived
3. Your first best friend
4. Your childhood fears
5. What you were like in high school
6. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school
7. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend
8. Your oldest hobby
9. Your sexuality
10. What you look for in a partner
11. Your kids, or your feelings about having kids
12. Your pets, past and present
13. Foods you love and foods you hate
14. What your life was like ten years ago
15. How much alcohol you drink
16. Your worst illness
17. What you do at work
18. A question or comment people should never make to you
19. The style of clothing you feel most comfortable in
20. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert
21. Who you have a crush on
22. A friendship you lost
23. Three achievements you’re proud of
24. Your political views
25. Your religious beliefs
26. Your perfect night out
27. Whether you like to plan ahead or be spontaneous
28. What you look for in a friend
29. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark
30. How you would like people to remember you

Edit: Sorry for the code screw up if anybody caught that mess. I think it's all better now.

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