Two Friends (True Friends)

There are two phrases that strike fear in the heart of my dear friend, Lindsay, when I utter them. The first? “I heard this story on NPR…” and the second: “Listen to this song I heard from this Broadway show…” Neither is ever met with much enthusiasm. But I know Lindsay loves me because of her willingness to indulge me and hear me out. Do her eyes glaze over? Sure. Is she looking for the exit? Absolutely. But she listens without too much grumbling.

This past year has been a truly special year in our lives and next year portends to be epically different, but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you. For picking me up when I was a mess. For listening when I needed to talk. For everything you’ve done. For everything you are. I can’t wait to see where life takes us. Now if you’ll indulge me one more time, true friend… to many more perfect days; the best is yet to come!

For Forever by Benj Pasek / Justin Paul
End of May or early June
This picture-perfect afternoon we shared
Drive the winding country road
Grab a scoop at À La Mode
And then we’re there
An open field that’s framed with trees
We pick a spot and shoot the breeze
Like buddies do
Quoting songs by our favorite bands
Telling jokes no one understands
Except us two
And we talk and take in the view
All we see is sky for forever
We let the world pass by for forever
Feels like we could go on for forever this way
Two friends on a perfect day
We walk a while and talk about
The things we’ll do when we get out of school
Bike the Appalachian trail or
Write a book or learn to sail
Wouldn’t that be cool?
There’s nothing that we can’t discuss
Like girls we wish would notice us but never do
He looks around and says to me
“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be”
And I say, “me too”
And we talk and take in the view
We just talk and take in the view
All we see is sky for forever
We let the world pass by for forever
Feels like we could go on for forever this way, this way
All we see is light for forever
‘Cause the sun shines bright for forever
Like we’ll be alright for forever this way
Two friends on a perfect day
And there he goes
Racing toward the tallest tree
From far across the yellow field I hear him calling, “follow me” there we go
Wondering how the world might look from up so high
One foot after the other
One branch then to another
I climb higher and higher
I climb ’til the entire
Sun shines on my face
And I suddenly feel the branch give way
I’m on the ground
My arm goes numb
I look around
And I see him come to get me
He’s come to get me
And everything’s okay
All we see is sky for forever
We let the world pass by for forever
Buddy, you and I for forever this way, this way
All we see is light
‘Cause the sun burns bright
We could be alright for forever this way
Two friends
True friends
On a perfect day
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