Posts tagged ‘smart’
in my senior year of high school, at my peak of shyness and social awkwardness, friend fifty-nine, who i will refer to here as “beth marrier,” was in the group of friends i ate lunch with. and the fact that someone as smart and sarcastic and funny as she was would actually eat lunch with me made me feel like i might actually be cool, too. to add to that, she was also a fantastic comedic actress in high school as well. we haven’t seen each other since i graduated, but i’d love to see how confident me would fare in conversation with her.
for like 5 seconds one summer, i lived in this house. next door, with the landlord, lived friend forty-three, who i will refer to here as annice, the younger sister of my housemate. she always had a friendly smile and kind word, but that was the extent of it. since then, i’ve seen her once or twice around oakland, and i’ve also learned that she’s a smarty-pants due to my being able to be part of her doctoral research (now, THAT’s what facebook is for. facebook and surveygizmo.). so we’re sort of basically strangers, but i like her anyway.
i went to a college full of brilliant people, but man, those who studied science were always the smartest. friend twenty-six, amanda d., is one of those extra-smart science folks who’s kept studying and learning and being smart.
the beginning of our friendship was pretty awkward. she was good friends with and then roommates with a girl i was in love with and dated in college. due to shyness, awkwardness, and miscommunication all around, we didn’t have a fabulously good start. but eventually she became friends with others in my circle and things started to get a lot better. she has great senses of humor, style, and fun, and we share a love of young adult lit, so that’s fun, too. she’s one of the amazing, lucky people who’s been married at our college, which is a stunning magical location. at college i always admired her faith and wished i was brave enough to have the deep conversations about it that i wanted to.
but most importantly, she’s a dancing queen.