I have one of those lifelong friends in CJ Kennedy. And we've only met in person once (though I'm out to remedy that as quickly as I can.) CJ and I met because we were fans of the same tv western from the sixties. We connected originally because of that tv show, but when we chatted in the group chatroom, we realized we had kids about the same age, that the same kinds of things made us laugh and pull our hair out, and that we enjoy each other's company very much.
CJ has been with me through some really hard times. When other friends have let me down, she's stayed solid. When I walked the very long and dark road of losing my MIL to cancer, CJ was my sounding board, my light relief, the person I could call whenever I needed to. (She still is, BTW.) CJ held my hand when I took over the company bookkeeping and didn't have a clue what I was doing. She cheered my first, wobbly efforts at fiction, critiqued (especially if my heroes weren't behaving manly enough) and celebrated with me when I finally broke through and got my first writing contract.
We've hashed out via instant messaging and telephone topics such as kids, weight loss (or the lack thereof) the weather, hairstyles, spouses, home repairs, hormones, and sports. (I'm for them, she couldn't care less.)
So, today's Friday Five is in honor of the friendship CJ and I share.
Five things I know about CJ Kennedy.
1. She doesn't like cheese.
2. She is the younger of two children and of Italian descent.
3. She talks really fast on the phone with a hilarious Boston accent.
4. She is left-handed.
5. She loathes the color pink.
Today, CJ is doing her own Friday Five about me. You can read her blog at http://ponyexpressgraphics.blogspot.com/