My name is Sarajane (1). My two best friends are Sara (2) and Sarah (3). Three decades of friendship. Three ways of spelling the same name. Three different women with three different lives.
But with one thing in common – our love for each other. No matter what life has thrown us, we rely on each other for support. Just having Sarah and Sara in my life has made me a better person. That may sound corny or cliché. But it is the truth. And a hard earned truth. Our teenage selves would have never imagined what was in store for us. The challenges we would face. But having these women in my life has taught me so much and I will forever be grateful.
Sara (2) has always been such a quiet fighter. She has fought for everything she has. Even when we were younger I was aware of her determination and loving spirit. Her compassion for others and her undying dedication to her friends and family is something to behold. She clawed her way to a beautiful life and I couldn’t be more proud. And I must admit I shed a tear when she came to work at The Bluebird! And not just because she effortlessly took over all the technical/computer aspects of the business that I was struggling to create. But because it is now the three of us together working on Sarah’s dream.
And speaking of Sarah’s dream, a retail store has always been her ultimate goal. In college she would drive me around and show me locations where she wanted a store. She wasn’t exactly sure what it would sell, but she had a vision of how she wanted people to feel when they walked through the door. When Sarah (3) opened The Bluebird Mercantile, our dream was finally realized. Notice I said our dream. I mean, technically it has always been Sarah’s dream. But her dream became my dream for her. Does that make sense? The love and support this woman has given me over the decades is indescribable. How do you repay such generosity? I don’t know if I can. But I promise I will try until my dying breath.
I don’t know what I would do without either of these women. My life is already full with a loving husband, children, stepchildren, and family. I have what I need to be happy. But their friendship just puts everything over the top. It makes everything brighter, sweeter, happier, funnier and in times of need, easier to bear.
So what are the odds that three little girls born in the same town, in the same year, with variations of the same name would be still be friends after 30 years. I don’t know…but no offense to Sarah’s blog from last week…I think I won the lottery!
Pictures from Freshman year 1989 and GVMH Foundation Gala 2010