I took today off work so that I could go up to Birmingham and meet up with a very special friend and her little girl Bryanna. I decided to go on the train so I could chill out, read and listen to music without having to worry about traffic and finding a parking space in the middle of Birmingham. It only took 42 minutes from Worcester to Birmimgham New Street on the train, which wasn’t too bad at all.
I met my friend Nina and Bryanna in New Street station and the first thing we did was go for a Costa (surprise surprise)! Her Mum joined us for a bit and it was lovely to see her again.
Nina is married to my friend Mike who I have known ever since we were at college together back in the early 1990’s. I used to see Mike around the college and library but it wasn’t until we were both in the Toad and Tulip pub in Lowesmoor one night that I actually got talking to him. I was arranging to have a few friends over, as you do when you’re that age, and Mike was behind me and said could he come too, as he had moved to Worcester from Birmimgham and he didn’t really know anyone.
From that point on we were really good friends. We would meet up in Spyda’s Bar above the Crown, go to the Toad and Tulip and we even went to some gigs at the old Northwick theatre including Saxon and Senser. And when Mike moved back to Birmimgham I would go up there and do the “rock scene” and meet up with him in XL’s, the Rock Cafe, Costamongers etc – happy days!
Then I got married to my first husband, and after that I didn’t really see Mike, although I always remembered his birthday and sent a card up to him via his parents, and wherever he was they must have passed it on to him. He came to Worcester to see me in 1997 and again in 2008, he was with Nina then but came to Worcester on his own. Then he had his flat in Birmingham so I went to see him a few times there whenever I was up in the area. We always got on but to me Mike was like the big brother I never had, I am an only child so I don’t know what it is like to have a brother or sister but if I did have a big brother I would love someone like Mike.
Mike and I hooked up on Facebook and when I had not long got together with my husband I saw a post on his page that he was in Birmingham (he had moved up to Lytham St Anne’s by then) and as it happened I was also in Birmimgham with Russ, so we went to see him. It was here that I first met Nina and we got on like a house on fire and she cooked us a lovely pasta lunch.
Then Nina and I hooked up on Facebook and from there we all became really close friends, probably closer than all those years ago. They were both at my wedding when I got married to Russ and came to Frankie’s funeral. When I found out that they were expecting their first baby I was absolutely over the moon for them.
It is funny how things go in life. I thought my friend from school who I was really close to would be in my life forever, but instead she is now with my ex-husband and I have nothing whatsoever to do with her. This means that Mike is now my oldest friend (not oldest in age, but oldest in the amount of time I’ve known him) and although we’ve had years where we haven’t spoken as much, when we have it was like we spoke yesterday. And now I’m really good friends with Nina. I’ve been having a very tough time recently due to various reasons, and Nina was the one I turned to and who messaged me on facebook all though the night a couple of weekends ago when I couldn’t sleep and my mind was in turmoil. I cannot thank her enough for being there for me.
I had SUCH a great time with Nina and Bryanna yesterday. Apart from Costa we had a quick mooch in Primark and went to lunch at Wagamamma’s, where we had a bottle of wine between us. I got to hold Bryanna, give her loads of cuddles and spoil her rotten – I love her to bits.
I hope that they are all in my life forever, because I don’t know what I would do without them now. And so this is today’s positive thing – that I have such wonderful, amazing and fantastic friends in my life and I should NEVER forget it. Love you all to the moon and back….looking forward to hopefully seeing you on Saturday 🙂 xxxx