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Am I really posting 2 days in a ROW?
That has NEVER happened. Except today is Mandi’s birthday, and I want EVERYONE IN THE ‘SPHERE to know it!
When we first formed the SisterWives, Mandi came as part of a matched set (I thought). There was Beth and Mandi, two impossibly beautiful blonde real-life friends from Texas.
And then gradually,
There was Mandi.
There were so many of us, it took a while for each of us to connect, one-on-one.
She was worth the wait.
She’s a bit of a wizard, that one. She isn’t boisterous and edgy and “I’m strange, LOOK at ME” like some bloggers we know (*cough*). But damn, she is extraordinary.
She’s incredibly modest about her writing. So much so, that she almost has you convinced it’s “no big deal” and then you READ her blog and all of a sudden – WHAM!
The fact is, she’s so busy cheering US on, she doesn’t really take the time to dwell on her own work – which is magnificent.
She is so full of love and encouragement – and not the phony kind, the real, down deep genuine kind – that Lizzi has dubbed her “The Cheerleader.”
This of course, led to one of our hilarious and endless comment threads. At one point Mandi asked, “Does this mean I get to do a hurkey?”
To which Lizzi replied, “I have no idea what that even means!”
And off we went into one of our bizarrely charming Sisterwife tangents. I found a picture of one online and posted it- it’s a very complex jump:
Lizzi found a YouTube tutorial on how to perform one, and evidently sustained some injuries attempting it.
The next day, Mandi posted a picture of herself executing the aforementioned hurkey!
SHE ACTUALLY DID THIS THING! It was astonishing!
That’s Mandi. She takes you by surprise with her amazingness.
Last week I wrote the most difficult post of my blogging career.
Three days later, it was Mandi’s turn to post. Her post was (I thought) going to chronicle some struggle, some adversity she’d overcome. There are many. Although Mandi is just as she appears in the picture on her blog, full of light and laughter and blondeness, she has been through some SHIT.
She didn’t write about any of that.
Instead, she chose to write a gorgeous post, honoring me, and my decision to come forward and share my story with the world.
See what I mean?
THAT is the epitome of Mandi. Taking a moment that was supposed to be hers, and giving it to ME.
She is truly my Sisterwife, and I love her dearly.
Since I’m (just a few years) older than Mandi, I’d like to let her know that getting older is not the end of the world – BUT IT’S A GIANT STEP TOWARD IT!
So do NOT go gentle in that good night. Instead, age disgracefully. Here are some suggestions of things to do while still in your 30’s:
Have sex someplace you shouldn’t
Talk to strangers
Go to Bonnaroo (Jennie will go with you)
Take a cross county road trip (I’ll go with you)
Learn one really great card trick
Make out with a woman
Go to Burning Man
Don’t care what other people think. Take the “Fuck You” pill – as of today
Get a tattoo
Don’t be afraid to say “I love you”
Dance inappropriately. Grind with your girlfriends on a dance floor
Send that naked selfie
Go to Las Vegas with the SisterWives
Stay up all night and watch the sunrise
Travel to another continent
Get a piercing
Travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras
Perform random acts of kindness
DEFINE HAPPINESS FOR YOURSELF
And remember, no matter how old you get – I’ll always be older.
Happy Birthday, Beautiful Girl. Write Free!
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