certified kindred

My legs ache, my hands are blistered, and the goofy symbols on my wrists are making me laugh.  A certified FP+KS+BF came to visit, and memories of the blissful three days are stamped all over my body.
Some confusion?  Leg pains from biking the city, blisters from paddleboarding the lakes, and ink marks from bouncers insisting we need an X-on-the-wrist to enter. Oh, and FP = Favorite Person, KS = Kindred Spirit, and BF = Best Friend.  Did anyone solve that equation without the explanation?
Acronyms and text lingo get all kinds of negative press, but, more and more, I’m finding myself adapting the language to create new ways of saying things.  There might be some initial confusion, sure, but perhaps the new sayings become commonplace with time?  I mean, why not describe people as certified FP+KS+BF?
I check Urban Dictionary every morning as part of my coffee+pandora+’check the news’ routine. I told Emily my favorite ‘new words of the month,’ and now I’m sharing them with you:Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 8.24.31 AM
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And now I’ve essentially gotten away from telling you about my dear friend, Emily.  The two of us met while nannying for neighboring families in Milan, and we’ve remained friends evvva since. Emily went to law school in California while I volunteered in Mexico, and then she moved to New York when I started grad school in Chicago.  A bit of jaunting around the country, and now she’s in Texas and I’m in Minnesota.
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We’ve managed to visit each other in all the cities I just mentioned, and the travel has me musing about the importance of commitment over convenience in friendship.  Yes, it’d be great if we could be BFF with the people in our town, but there’s something beautiful about committing to a friendship that travels around this great big world.

15 thoughts on “certified kindred

  1. I like your acronyms, maybe they will become common one day – BFF is starting to sounds bland so the extras would be welcolme!
    And I agree, having a best friend in the same city is awesome, but when they’re far away the time together becomes that much more meaningful.

  2. You always have the most wonderful adventures (and UM that college coffee sounds like a surefire way to have a heart attack lol.)
    So glad you are enjoying yourself, have a wonderful weekend Jennifer xo

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  4. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~Helen Keller

    Friendship is one of the ultimate blessings in our life. All reminders of that bring a smile to my face. Thank you 😉

  5. You guys really do sound like me and the friend I had visit that weekend! We live 7 hours apart but make sure to see each other once a year! Next year we might start meeting somewhere else, like Chicago, rather than our hometowns. 🙂

  6. College coffee… that made me laugh! I love Urban Dictionary + all the “new words” I learn from it 🙂

    How awesome that you were able to spend an amazing weekend with your BFF. It looks like you fit in a lot of adventure + excitement in a short time period. So glad to hear you had fun!

  7. Loved the Manscheduling!

    Your friendship and visit all sound so amazing! I’m not great at keeping in touch and I’m so impressed that you managed to visit through all of your moves and all the years… You’ve inspired me to become a better long distance friend 🙂

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