Sunday, 27 February 2011

She's Great Gas

"You off out with your doctor friend tomorrow, then?" asked The Tall One, as he grabbed a snack or four.

"She's not just a doctor, she's an anaesthetist," said The Small One, slowly and carefully.

It says Gaz toxique on this Pink Paislee paper!

"Duh. YES. She'd definitely been on some of her own gas last time she was here," said her brother, handing her some supplies.

"Hey!" said The Small One, "That's not fair! She's cool. I asked her if she wanted to borrow me for Take Your Daughter To Work Day; and she said she'd see, but I'd have to be a bit older, and..."

and off they went to do their homework. My friend wasn't always a doctor, of course. We bonded in Additional Maths class. She could do it. I couldn't. We hadn't a father between us; and I think our mothers fondly believed we were good support for each other. In truth, we just liked the same boys.

We worked on the school magazine together. We interviewed an old headmaster. And those rumours about us being the last people to see him alive? Probably just rumours, though it's true he didn't ever get to see his words in print.

We shared a room the night before I got married, giggling like teenagers again, until she put on her bridesmaid dress and zipped me into my frock. Now we do more grown up things, talk about adding on conservatories or the price of tomatoes; and we spend on the fight against ageing with a facial each, not two coffees and a bun between us. But her laugh is the same. Her world view still cheers. She is always, as my Father-In-Law would have said, Great Gas

A layout without a photo, using my February Counterfeit Kit for their "Putting the Pen to Paper" mini challenge
That's it for today - but, don't forget, Storytelling Sunday is next week. Sunday 6th February.

34 comments:

Jimjams said...

Great story - wonderful how friendships evolve and endure. TFS

Tinkertaylor said...

Your post has reminded me of how much my friendships have changed. Once we shared hot toast after a heavy night at the "Disco" now it's a glass of wine while we chew over family situations. A solid friendship grows and grows dispite distance. Mine started when I was courting her brother (it didn't last) but our friendship is over 38 years strong so maybe he was the link.

Great post and thank you for your kind comments on my blog

Amy said...

It's funny where and how we all end up, when we started in a class together or giggled over boys. One girl I went to school with for many years is now a famous actress over here - it is hilarious to see her on screen, when I can imagine what her mother would be saying or remembering playing strawberry shortcake dolls together and trying on her mums lipstick in the bathroom.

Karen said...

As always Sian, a story from you that makes me smile. You have such a gift at storytelling and I love the page you have made from this story.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge said...

Lovely! The patterned paper at the bottom really grounds the journaling. Well done!

Bethany

Amanda said...

A beautiful storytelling layout. How wonderful that your friendship has lasted all this time.

Karen said...

Your stories are such a wonderful way to start my day! I always wanted a friend that lasted from childhood, but we made two huge moves as I was growing up, and although I'm still in touch with one friend from the second move, the moves made it hard to maintain friendships--particularly among teenagers.

darkpoetess said...

that's so sweet. really important to have someone like that who lasts.

Cheri said...

great story and layout. She sounds like a lot of fun.

alexa said...

Such a beautifully told story and a pretty, pretty layout, full of freshness and very feminine! I was a bit alarmed by the Empoisoner and Gaz Toxique at the top - is there a 'not' in there somewhere? She sounds more life-enhancing rather than the opposite! :)

Carmen said...

Such a fantastic post and I really, REALLY love your page without pictures.

Lizzie said...

Well, the Page Without a Picture is really rather fabulous, Sian. The story it tells is just wonderful - you are, indeed, a great story teller (just as your friend is "a great gas"!).
Thanks for sharing this - it made me smile.

laurie said...

what a catchy post title! i can just imagine you and your friend hanging out - i bet you two have so much fun!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

A great fun read!

scrappyjacky said...

The page has worked perfectly without a photo....a great story of friendship....funny how some endure,while others fall by the wayside.

flutter said...

It's great to have just one friend like that. I am so happy you have that one person you can share and be yourself with..

Sian I never have got into scrapbooking, simply because I'm not that patient. I was have a looksee through your site and you have come up with some really lovely creations.

Have a great evening x

S said...

Wonderful story to document on a layout. Glad you shared it with us.

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a lovely ode to a great friendship.
Rinda

Becky said...

Lovely that you have a friendship that has survived so long. I too have a friend that I met at the age of 11 and we are still great friends. PS, had some of my lovely chocolates today lol!

Kirsty.a said...

Lovely tribute to a friendship. Just to let you know My Pass the Book (Where Women CReate) is up for grabs on my blog until next Sunday

Ginger said...

I have to admit Sian the title of your post had me thinking something else LOL! What a lovely story of friendship :)

Louise said...

Great story Sian and lovley story telling layout. I still see a few of my old school friends, met with one of them this half term week - there's nothing better than a good gas with and someone you've grown up with xx

Sandra said...

Soild friendships, make us who we are. I would love to find out more about this whole ... last person bit LOL

Naomi Lewis said...

Love it

cate said...

oh, how I wish I had a friendship that solid! what a wonderful story to share in your scrapbooks!

Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing so much inspiration on your lovely blog!
I can`t wait to come back for more inspiring posts!

DEBBIE MOSS

Margie said...

Beautiful layout, so perfect for the challenge!

scrapchick said...

Lovely story of a friendship that has grown through time! TFS! The layout is so pretty!

Melissa said...

A lovely page & a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Giselle said...

How lucky you are to have a lifelong friend who you still see and so obviously are fond of. I love your photo-less LO, especially the layering & subtle colours.

Jana said...

This is a very precious layout. I LOVE the story very much. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge said...

I WISH I could write like you...do you want to journal all of my layouts??? this is so pretty and your writing style makes it even more beautiful!
*meridy*

humel said...

She sounds like a keeper to me! Lucky both of you, to have each other as friends :-)

Gail T said...

Loved the story of you and your friend. Make me think back about my special friend from school days and the things we used to do. The layout looks great.

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