‘Would you like to go to the movies sometime?’ Vesna asked me while I was booking one of her flights to go back home.
‘Sure, that sounds great’ I fired right back at her.
It was back in 2002, while I was working at my dad’s travel agency and she was working at the Swiss Consulate, a block away. We had only spoken on the phone a few times and seen each other once or twice but we immediately hit it off.
A few nights later we bought our big buckets of pop corn and our diet cokes and enjoyed My big fat Greek Wedding at an open air cinema. After the movie was over, we stood outside the cinema and talked for 2 hours straight.
That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Cheesy, but true.
For the next couple of years we had our weekly girls night out which included indulging in junk food (yes, she is a foodie as well, couldn’t have it any other way) and watching a movie. It was perfect. When her contract ended and she moved away we managed to keep in touch by writing each other long drama induced emails.
A couple of years later she decided to give Athens another try and she returned. Circumstances had changed, our lives were completely different as I had become a
desperate housewife and stay at home mom but things between us had stayed the same. This is when I realized that strong friendships can endure change.
Unfortunately things didn’t work out for her here and she decided to return home. Its been almost three years now and although we live in different countries she manages to visit us once or twice (if we are lucky) a year and when she does its like nothing has changed.
Today is her birthday and she is here with me (spending her last day of her short trip she decided to take and pay us a visit).
Vesna, happy birthday! It was great having you here. Take care and see you soon! Next time we ll be +1