Sometimes people walk into your life, and they just make sense. In my life, that’s Amber.
Yeaaaars ago, a mutual friend introduced us – noting our EXTREME similarities – like eerily, impossible to ignore similarities. He proclaimed us sisters before we ever even met. We connected on social (Twitter, was it?) And, then…he disappeared from both our lives shortly thereafter, but…he was right. He was so, so right.
I was a photographer, she was working at Westcott.
And…what’s a photographer without any light?
In 2011, for her 28th birthday, Amber visited Orlando with her younger sister, Ann. We had NEVER met in person. But, it didn’t matter. I invited them into our home, and offered the only space we had — the floor of Kellie’s room. (🙄😂) A week or two prior to their arrival, I announced to my family that people I had never met face-to-face were visiting. I was going to take them to Universal! And Disney World (for their FIRST TIME EVER!)
And…they were going to stay with us. On the floor.
Somehow, no one in the family even flinched at this concept.
The second they arrived, it was as if we had known each other from the very start – and not just myself and Amber! – Stef and Ann were included in our sisterhood quartet that never missed a beat. Over a weekend of Disney, Universal, Outlet Shopping, late nights, early mornings, finished sentences, and froyo – there were plenty moments of sisterhood.
One night, after we had spent an entire dinner cry laughing into our pizza – we went back to the house still in tears, with my mom and dad looking at the four of us – half bewildered, half totally understanding – it was that rare language of sisters.
Since that first weekend, we’ve more or less been inseparable. In that…we live cross country – but make consistent time for each other via social and messenger and texts and skype and any way we can get a hold of each other – kinda way. And that’s what it’s all about.
There’s something to be said about the time who REALLY make time for you. Who just make life work. Who don’t follow the rules of “someday” — but rather, live by now.
Distance is nothing, If you want someone in your life – if you want to BE THERE for them – then you just.show.up.
You’re already there.
When Amber moved to Seattle, from where I sat in Orlando, it seemed so far away (y’all know we try to convince EVERYONE to move here with us, haha!) …but it also seemed to just make sense.
Seattle is where I saw Amber really come to life.
And then there was a day, while we were catching up, she mentioned having a date later…with a guy named Chris.
On their first trip out to Orlando? I had told the girls about a dude named Sean (upgraded to fiancée in February 2017). Ann spoke a boy named Bryce (upgraded to husband July 2015).
Two summers ago, my phone rang just after the sun had set here in Orlando. We were house sitting, and through the windows I could hear the nocturnal lake creatures coming to life within the humidity.
On the other end of the phone, was Amber. She and Chris were ENGAGED!
And my next words were, “When do I book the flights?”
Distance didn’t matter. It was never even a question.
Tell me when to be there, I’ll show up.
And two weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Stef, Sean, and myself flew out to Seattle. Where we attended Chris and Amber’s stunning, EMOTIONAL, intimate wedding — it was the first time that any of us (short of the four girls) had met each other…and, instantly, it felt like family.
From Amber’s dad treating us to brunch, to her mom pointing out our similarities (even in appearances!), touring Seattle alongside Amber’s family the day after their wedding — and exchanging sarcastic quips and jokes for days with Chris, Bryce, and everyone else…there were multiple occasions where we just couldn’t help but throw the words out there, “This is just like our family…”
And that’s probably because they are our family.
So, on Days that End in Y…this girl, she’s more than a friend – more than a best friend, even.
She’s my sister.
Want to see more from our trip to Seattle? Find me on Instagram!