Once or twice in a lifetime, you might meet a friend who rivals the relationship Anne of Green Gables has with Diana Barry.
A friend who celebrates your wins and mourns your losses with more enthusiasm than you do. Who brings life to everything and everyone around her. Who is so unique and incredible that she inspires a beloved character in a bestselling novel.
A friend who asks if she can come over when she’s already parked outside. Who makes everything more fun. Who intervenes when you’re being too much of a perfectionist.
A friend who helps bring you together with your one true love. Who is more passionate about planning your wedding than you are. Who recommends Rose of Sharon seeds as your favors and later discovers they grow into 10-foot-high shrubs that multiply profusely.
A friend who loves to help you decorate your starter home and becomes ecstatic when you find your dream home. Who can pick just the right pillows to go with your living room decor. Who might shock you by suggesting you buy a zebra print rug to go under your ottoman.
A friend who shows up with baby clothes and shrieks of excitement an hour after you tell her you’re pregnant. Who takes monthly pictures of your belly and sends weekly updates about how big your baby is now. Who arrives at the gender reveal party–before she knows the sex–with a huge “Baby Girl” balloon.
All the while, she is a friend who has been longing for a child of her own, but has been unable to have one. Who later adopts an endearing boy they name Isaac after the promised child. Who later births two beautiful babies and becomes an amazing mom to three kids three and under.
In Nancy Holec, I have found that once-in-a-lifetime friend. I am so glad she was born 34 years ago on this day. If you think she’s pretty exceptional too, post a birthday wish in the comments!