An Indissoluble friendship

The pair of us, inseparable from age two

From our long walks that prompt our demonstrative venting to our cooking and our watching of Law and Order

Somehow, I always knew our friendship would be forever

We had our disagreements and have been annoyed with each other

But within a couple of hours of our separation, we would be side by side again

 

Sometimes in our lives

We all have pain

We all have sorrow

But if we are wise

We know that there’s always tomorrow

 

Most people aren’t as lucky as we to have a best friend right next door

I remember not knowing how to use the telephone, so instead we could sit on our adjoining fence and call each other’s names, waiting for a response, no matter what the time

I recall making a time capsule with you, and being too impatient to wait any longer than a month or so.

I recollect trying to dig to china in my back yard, not getting far, but being satisfied enough just playing in the mud

 

Lean on me, when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend

I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long

‘Til I’m gonna need

Somebody to lean on

 

Waking up every school day and walking to the bus stop together

Setting off to elementary school

Imagining we were twin sisters and our parents never disagreed, even though we knew we looked nothing alike

Making gymnastic routines in my backyard and performing the Barbie workout video in your living room

 

Please swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

That you won’t let show

 

Growing up together has its many privileges such as the video of us playing with Cheerios in your kitchen to the many, many pictures over the years.

Talking to you has kept me both sane and functional

Even in the worst of times

Almost every day we converse, whether it be something important or how we’re just bored in class

We always have each other’s backs

Both our families were never even close to perfect, so we helped each other survive the worse

 

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you’d understand

We all need somebody to lean on

 

I love to reminisce about our summer vacations.

Because of you’ I believe it’s not where I go but with whom I go that makes a trip truly memorable

For instance, our camping trip in 107 degrees Fahrenheit,

Backpacking five miles up hill each carrying 60 pounds,

Swimming in ice-cold water at Lake Tahoe with Aunt Kim

Or tubing with Kenny driving his boat like a maniac at Lake Shasta;

These times couldn’t have been more fun

 

Lean on me, when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend

I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long

‘Til I’m gonna need

Somebody to lean on

 

I can go on and on about Katie’s parties and our hotel parties,

Finding new friends at Shasta and Pajaro

And getting tacos with your cousin Lukie in Chico at 2am.

We are so similar and yet so different, and despite that, we work perfectly together

Our large appetites

We would eat dinner at both of our houses the same night, chili cheese fries at Ben Franks, bringing you lunch at Starbucks and how our plans to eat healthier always seen to fade out of our recollection but then reappear months later.

 

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you’d understand

We all need somebody to lean on

 

However far life takes us away from each other, it will always seem as though you’re right next door

We will text, phone, give extravagant gifts, visit and write.

I could never hope for a better friend

I am overjoyed to have a friend like you.

I’m excited for the many plans we have ahead, and the joyous surprises.

All I can say now is, Thanks for always being by my side.

 

If there is a load you have to bear

That you can’t carry

I’m right up the road

I’ll share your load

If you just call me

 

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