friend eight.

August 12, 2011 at 12:33 am 3 comments

friend eight, who i will call alaina hellum-alexander, has a really good smile.

i haven’t seen friend eight in 5 or 6 years now, but when we were around each other more, i considered her a vital part of my support network. we knew each other in olympia, which more so than the bay area, is the kind of place where you are very likely to run into people you know and like every time you go out. friend eight is the kind of person who you’re extra excited to run into when that happens.

she is athletic and poised, fierce and kind, and knows a good cup of tea. she’s also apparently a fantastic teacher these days, rather than just an idealistic college student. i think she still has the ideals though, of course.

the funny thing is that one of my strongest memories of friend eight is just sitting in the car with her, her ex, and my ex, going somewhere, listening to the be good tanyas, when none of us were exes. and maybe it’s supposed to be an awkward memory, but there was this strong sense of safety there that i still associate with friend eight and with the be good tanyas.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alaina  |  August 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    It is ironic that facebook, that was made for connections and friendship, has become such a de-personalized community space. I love this post. It is lovely to be appreciated.

    Reply
    • 2. cubbie  |  August 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      it is lovely to appreciate you.

      Reply
      • 3. cubbie  |  August 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

        let’s de-de-personalize facebook!

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