It was a lazy Sunday morning when I was woken up by a kiss planted on my forehead and to the aroma of freshly baked eggs and bread. I snuggled close to my husband as he smiled. We walked to the porch, settled down on the garden swing- me with a cup of coffee in hand and he with a newspaper. This was a routine we followed every Sunday. We chatted for quite sometime trying to catch up on things we missed to discuss over the week. I asked him, “Do you have a best friend”?
He looked at me in surprise.
“I mean…do you have someone with whom you can share all your teeny-weeny things, your top-most secrets in life or even go to, if you commit murder?”, I added.
“Yup” He said without any much emotion.
It was now my turn to be surprised. “Maj.A, your course-mate?” Maj.A rings him up every alternate day, more than his parents, just to catch up on ‘things’. He was the only one invited to our wedding (from his set of friends from the Army) along with his family and I’ve heard such fond memories shared between the two during their training days.
He gave it a thought before answering and then said, “Yes. He is.What about you?”
“Yes. And the journey of my friendship with my BFF flashed in front of my eyes.
My Roomie is my Partner in Crime!
Husband had to leave for his next posting and I had decided to stay back in Pune for work. It was then that I had a great roommate. Swati and I were co-workers too. She was the one with whom I talked to the whole night. She was my fashion consultant, someone with whom I can share my Maggi at any hour of the night, go shopping or watch Friends or Game of Thrones or any boring movie with. It is by sheer luck that you find someone who can match up to you. Because if you have a mediocre roommate with annoying habits, you are literally screwed. Thank God I finally had her as a great roomie after 7 years of my hostel life!
Coworker and BFFs!
As said before, she was also my teammate. And she has seen me cry in the washroom when our manager made a mess of my appraisal. She was the one who saw me every day or warned me to stop online shopping because our boss was coming over. She was the one with whom you can go from the serious business-oriented woman to a gossip monger within minutes and calms you from getting the fifth nervous breakdown of the day. Many a times, she was the only reason that made me want to be at work.
All I had to do was sit upright, raise my head and nod at her, and she knew I badly wanted a cup of coffee. And we were out in the pantry, grabbing a cup of cappuccino, letting our frustration about our TL. “He ought to be back in KG classes, I tell you! Did you read the mail he sent to the client? Oh Gosh!”, and that’s how our conversation always started with.
She was simply the one who brightened up my day. Even if it means pouring my heart out, my worries and scares and all things that entails with it. It meant nagging about my MIL issues or figuring out why my husband didn’t give me a call yet. It also meant sharing the excitement of her courtship days and the silly reasons due to which she fought with her fiancee. Work was so good whenever she was around and it was equally fun sending out smileys in our IM. We were upright about the issues we faced within the project/team, making us heads of the “Agony Committee”. Oh yeah, we did have one named that way. When in our rooms, we were a team and pulled our friend’s legs through Whatsapp group chats. She was more than a coworker. She is a very dear friend.
What has changed now? We aren’t co-workers anymore. And she is now married too. But I know even when we are busy with our own lives, I can any day give a call to her and she’d always be there to lend her ear and her shoulders to lean on. I do miss her a lot and I truly wish we lived in the same city so that we can catch up over a cup of coffee and a movie perhaps. She is choosy but I know she would love to watch the Shah Rukh Khan- Alia Bhatt starrer “Dear Zindagi” which is hitting the theaters this Friday.
And yes, Of course. She is the ‘Jug’ of my life <3
So, tell me, do you have a BFF?
And do you have someone to hum along…
I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.
I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.