Every day, at the end of the day, I like to write about what I’m thankful for. Today, I didn’t need to wait for the end of the day to write what I’m super thankful for- the existence of a specimen called Smita Mathur.
I’ve known her since we were about 10-11 years old and she walked into 6th grade- all skinny and silly and completely, even then, infatuated with all things Harry Potter.
She hummed to Raghav Mathur’s Angel Eyes (cuz my baby’s got oooo-oooooh Angel eyeeeezzzz) and talked about Harry Potter like he was her boyfriend. She wasn’t then as obsessed with Snape and Draco as she became.
We both went through all our mad phases of life together- even if were in different countries. I remember the time when we both wanted to be Fashion Designers and start our own label- Insane Orange. It is now actually the name of our (rather inactive) blog.
Can you believe it’s 2017 already? And that’s half-way past the year. I feel like it was yesterday you were trying to motivate me to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 6th grade!
She’s been my inspiration, my muse, my sister, and my absolute cuckoo. I have been a slightly stupid person who didn’t always know what is right and what is wrong, and accepting different people wasn’t always instinct. But, she’s taught me- in more ways than one, that everyone, although different, is always the same in some way.
She’s always got my back- always- I could have murdered somebody- and this silly woman will always defend my case (while slamming her head and mine in private!). I’m thankful for everything you’ve done for me, and your endless love and support- but today, I’m thankful to you for teaching me how to become my own person- and to have the balls to cut your hair as short as you want.
I’ve said time and again, that no one just has 1 best friend- I mean, if you do that, that is just super bizarre and, definitely, borderline weird. Like Mindy Kaling says, best friends are a tier– and we make new best friends at different times (and tiers) of our lives. We keep the old ones, while also adding a few more to what some are very likely to call- a cult.
Smita has been the most important tier since day 1, and I know years from now when we’ll be super hip grandmas, we’ll still be best friends. Staying with this one- now, that’s a no brainer.
So today, on your 25th birthday, on August 18, 2017 (not, October 19- YOU KNOW WHY, SMI), I want to wish my favourite person- a very happy birthday! You deserve all the happiness, love, kindness and Potter-mania in the whole entire world.
Now, that we’re from the sappy stuff, here’s a bunch of your old pictures to embarrass you because that really is the root of our friendship!