I met Alli in Kindergarten. She was one of my first friends. I don’t remember a ton about those early years but one thing is vivid in my mind. Alli was really Alice from Alice in Wonderland. It was an amazing likeness. Maybe it was the blonde bob hair cut or the blue dress I think she wore for our class pictures.
We grew apart as friends sometimes do but reunited in junior high when we both went on a school trip to Washington D.C. Then we went on to high school and few memories exist that don’t include Alli. Three wheeling. Cheerleading. 411 East Lake St. Garth Brooks. and a slew of things that I can only hope our kids don’t hear about and use against us when they are teenagers. Granted our friendship has had its shares of ups and downs but the remarkable thing is that it has only made us better friends.
And then there’s Jered. Jered is the guy you love to hate, but when it comes down to it, you just love him. He’s can come across a little blunt and judgmental, but what those things actually boil down to is his that he is a realist who has a deep concern and care for his friends. At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, he is a loyal stand-up kind of guy. I’m so happy to have these two in my life and feel lucky to call them my friends. The are going to be AMAZING parents and I can’t wait for our kids to grow up knowing each other.
This session was really fun for me and I couldn’t help but have my emotions a little on the high-teary end when I see the two of them and the love they share. I love the way Jered looks at Alli even though he was self-proclaimed grumpy due to a recovering case of poison oak.