The past bit, I’ve learned about the ever expanding categories of friends.
You’ve got your friends, your work friends, your best friends.
You’ve got your college friends that know way too much about you, so you have to be friends with them forever or you risk some major blackmail.
You’ve got your long distance friends.
You’ve got your friends that bring you flowers, and cupcakes, and un-meltable gifts, all while sacrificing several late evening hours, round the clock texting, and even an office visit with/to your husband to surprise you with THE most unforgettable birthday.
And then…you’ve got your special ops friends.
This is new to me!
Special ops friends come out of the woodwork; they know no age, no location, require no previous friendship, or even many words.
They, too, know quite well that the ferocity of a bristled mother whose family has been disrupted is unparalleled.
Stand your ground law implied, no duty to retreat. You know?
Special ops know.
So, they’re just going to be in the wings, somewhere between support and situational snipers, that will just leave these groceries at the door for you, or pick up your child from school, with little verbal exchange or explanation needed.
Special ops friends are those you haven’t seen in years, can give a, “Hey, need you,” phone call, and without one, siiiiingle question, have left their own family on a flight out the next day to treat YOUR kids to a magical day at Disneyland.
Or the kind that know you look dead, so they bring you good concealer.
Or the kind that kill your scorpions while you just stand by screaming.
Or the kind who open their home to any member of your family at any hour.
Or are named McCall.
Or those that let you be a part of a fun Halloween shoot, even though you’re not the ideal model candidate…hold that thought.
Yep, out of all the friend classifications, it’s the Special Ops division that makes me cry in humble, indebted, deep gratitude just thinking of them. They’re low key beeeeasts, but I know they’ll always support my entire family unit, regardless of past or future circumstance. That’s what makes them so, so special.
Anyway, I’m all teary now, but these fun Halloween photos are from my majorly creative friend Jessica Cannon, who let me be involved in such a fun day. How cool are they? She did all the hair, makeup, shooting, and editing herself, a talent that blows my mind. Remember when we did the dead doll a couple years ago? I had such a fun day out, doing hair and makeup-y things that I love, really enjoying the side eye looks from the wedding guests walking to their outdoor wedding we didn’t realize was happening nearby.
I know this is a Halloween post, but to my friends, I love you. You’re the greatest in the world.