There’s that story-
The one that you have to tell with another person, your partner in crime. You tell it over and over. Your friends have heard it so many times, that they could probably tell it themselves, but of course could not do it justice.
You each have your part to say. You might talk over each other. Maybe I pretend that she’s telling a part I don’t want her to say. Then I go over the top and say what she didn’t want me to say. Each of us pushing further to make sure we are fully engaging our little audience.
I might cringe and briefly think, “Oh my GOD, why did she just have to tell them that part?”
But then I fire back with what I KNOW she did not want me to say, but it’s all in good fun. We are reliving hilarious times that could not have been planned or scripted.
It’s not always told the same. Some parts might be over exaggerated. A few might graciously be left out. The whole process is euphoric. I’m being transported to what seemed to just be a moment in time, but turned into a memory that lasts and remains vivid through the years.
So today I’m bumming. I have many stories like that and I’m the only one left to tell them. It’s just not the same. It’s no longer funny and brings a different kind of tears to my eyes.
I’m left here wondering if we told the stories enough. Right now the memories haunt me in a way that is sometimes good, and sometimes just really sad.
My point in this is to go out and tell that story. Grab your partner in crime and relive it all. Even as everyone’s eyes roll because they’ve heard it a million times, keep retelling it. Make it even funnier than last time. Laugh. Cry. Get embarrassed. Repeat.
You never know when you will lose the chance to tell that story again. Time gets cut short, but my saving grace is looking back and knowing we had fun.
Today, I’ll share a story. It won’t be as funny, but the sentiment is there. I’ll do my best to laugh. In the end, it’s the laughing I hear in my head the most. We laughed more than anything, and with that, I know we lived.
Oh, and I’ll play this song.