A Magical Friendship Story!
During my entire life, I always sought friendship and friends, probably because I was away from home most of the times, I was always the popular even though I was very shy and everything makes me cry, but I had many friends and I was loved by people in general.
Some people left, some changed, some were taken by life problems, some traveled and I still have many friends from school, high school, university, work and life.
From the people I met through life: my best friend Lina. She was my roommate’s friend, the time I was still sharing the room with someone, and Lina was so annoying because she was visiting us so early in the morning while I was sleeping and my first question was: “is someone really visits others at such time?” Oh yes I was rude, but the fact I was shy because I was sleeping and someone just showed up!
Let’s say that we have some things in common, we have strange telepathy but in some things, we are the opposite. Lina or Lanloun as we call her, rather be pessimistic than optimistic so she doesn’t feel disappointed if things didn’t work out and I rather stay optimistic and work hard to make things happen the way I want. She used to be spoiled kid because she’s the youngest and I was never spoiled so she can give me hard time sometimes same as having a little kid that you want to slap so hard. 😁
Of course many things have changed since we met in July 2002. And both our characters were shaped through the years especially that she’s working since she was in university and circumstances have changed a lot through years so she took the responsibility and was almost alone.
I must be careful because I realized that she reads all my posts but she just can’t comment, she receives an email and read from there, she doesn’t know how to comment and I always tell her that she doesn’t give a fuck about what I write otherwise she would have find a way. 😁 😁
She’s jealous of all of you by the way and she tells me that I love you all more 😂 this is funny but she’s actually serious about it. So watch out what you write in these comments.
She was like, you don’t write about me! And I was like, okay I will write about you but I will write what I want okay?
And oh the pictures as well, I will ruin your life! 😆
Lina loves her friends to remain beside her as much as they can, she doesn’t believe in space with her close friends and people she loves, and she doesn’t like to stay alone! She likes to have us all around her having multiple conversations, eating, drinking, having pep talks, laughing and chilling.
I’m the opposite, my space is very important to me and I’m used to be alone, but I did an exception in this case, and she knows that very well.
But of course I can also be very very annoying sometimes and tease her until she’s about to cry. Oh well, what can I say, I enjoy! 😝
But the problem when I sit silent with no words, she checks on me why I’m not annoying her, oh well! 😅
She’s so funny and smart and caring, moody sometimes, extremely stubborn but mostly she can always give us the “Puss in Boots” sad face or the “Puppy face” to get rid of our rage when she knows she’s wrong and it saves her most of the times. 😁
Lanloun has a sharp eye and she can notice things I don’t usually notice or even care about especially when it comes to the visual memory, places and mistakes in movies or series.
We don’t agree on many subjects so we argue most of the times especially when it comes to God and religions but we respect each other’s beliefs since we’re from different religions and I have my special ideas that not so many like them of course.
She can be a nightmare when she’s angry or sad and we need to wait for her to calm down otherwise she will say any bullshit and make things worse. And I used to be stubborn and make a mess, then I learned that people are different and we should respect the way they are and we don’t have to be right the entire time, or have the last word.
Some things are more important than that.
She wishes to become Hulk or Thanos sometimes when we’re in the middle of chaos and jerks! And I wish that too 😁😊
Many people say we look alike. So when someone asks us are you sisters? We look at each other’s:
– Do I look like you?
– Nope I’m certainly prettier!
It doesn’t matter who said what, the roles can switch but we’ll say the same each time 😆
About the pictures, she always complains she has no good pictures and I be like: I took you 100 pictures I’m sure you have 10 good ones 🙄 look at my pictures they’re all ugly!
And her answer is: “Oh well this is you in the pictures, what are you going to transform to Monica Belucci or what? ”
Do you want to hear my answer here? Oh no you don’t, believe me! 😏 😎
If by chance you could reach Lina’s phone, my social life will be over since she has the most awkward photos for me, and I’m not a fan of pictures so I make faces and I do horrific things and they are all shot! 😅 To no mention the videos while I’m so busy eating! Told you, my life will be ruined since I can be very silly and very comic just with specific people only! 😅
There are friends that you meet occasionally, and there are friends that you stay in touch with but they don’t know how you are struggling with life, and there are friends only to hang out and have a drink and quick chat,
And then there are friends that were hungry with you the same as they were laughing and having fun with you!
Yes there was a time where we couldn’t find any money, we needed a medicine and I remember we managed by selling a piece of gold and then there were days where we traveled and had fun.
We both love food and we enjoy eating outdoor, Lina loves Pasta mostly, she can eat Pasta anytime! Sea food as well except the fishes.
I rather go for burger or Steak and we both agree on Sushi.
She’s doesn’t like the way I drive, therefore she’s never my passenger , so she drives the entire time when we’re out even though I never did an accident except the time I was still learning.
And for the records, this airbag in the picture has blew on my face and I wasn’t driving okay? Got that? 🤨
The green lines you are seeing are from the accident we did after some jerk hits us and ran away.
We have thousand of memories, some are good and some are bad, lifetime memories, sad and happy, enjoyable and bitter but the matter is we stuck around during all these times.
One memory we keep remember is when I used to help her in her studies, since she’s half Egyptian and she lived her entire childhood in Egypt because of the war that was here, they used to have private teachers there so when she arrived to Lebanon directly to university, she wasn’t used to our system and therefore she needed help and I was very strict, I remember I held the courses in my hand and I said: “do you call these books?” (of course as a law student, each book was sometimes 900 pages or so) and I helped her to understand the courses and so and when she used to break down and cry I used to say: “cry now and you’ll laugh later”.
And so it was, she passed all the upcoming years and graduated. I remember her aunts congratulating me and I was so shy! We laugh about it now. 😊 😊
Another memory that we laugh on it now but it was terrifying, she called me after she left work because she ate something and doesn’t feel good and the pharmacist told her go home and observe yourself, can’t give you any medicine. Kept calling her and checking, she was home alone, her father at work, mother and sister out.
All was good but I wasn’t having a good feeling, then I called while leaving work, She told me I’m good don’t come but of course I rarely do what I’ve been told, I took a cap immediately and when I arrived few meters from her house, she was calling me to tell me she doesn’t feel well so I was running and I met her father coming back from his work, told him I will meet you at home since he was an old man and walks slowly and then I knocked, she opened the door and fell on me, she fainted! Her blood pressure was so low, tried to wake her up, brought water and then her father arrived, I was still learning how to drive and I can’t drive her car, she woke up a little, so we took her to the nearest doctor, he said what you’re doing here? Hospital now!
While taking her, she passed out again, we took a cap to the nearest hospital and eventually things went good after they nearly killed her in this hospital and we moved her to another hospital where she improved, it was food poisoning but they couldn’t confirm 100%.
The time we met, their aunts were living with them, they loved me so much so her parents.
During the past years, she lost her 2 aunties that were living with them, her father, and 2 of her uncles, all to Cancer.
It’s sad when you become so familiar with death that you barely feel, I was there the entire time and it was so hard to lose people one after another for this ugly disease.
I remember walking in the cancer department in the hospital, and every day someone dies. Last time I was there in September 2016, I walked inside the room of a man that died and they wrapped him like a bonbon and the room was empty because the family was weeping outside and I wanted to just have a look. It was my birthday and I was thinking how one moment we are here, the second we’re not.
And after this man, Lina’s father passed away in the other room, one week after my birthday, September 8th 2016 after they brought him back many times.
It’s not easy to summarize 17 years in few lines, there are plenty of stories, laughs and tears, joy and sadness, depression and crazy laughs, fun and anger and mostly we shared all this and we were there for each other’s and with each other’s during all this.
July 13th of each year must be a very special day, it’s Lanloun’s birthday and she loves surprises as she loves gifts, anything that is wrapped at all! 😁 😁
And we used to make plenty of surprises through all these years even when she turned Grumpy and said: I don’t want to do anything this year, or don’t bring me anything this year. I’m like okay, whatever you wish just don’t bother me!
So July 13th is here and I want to wish you my dearest Lanloun many years to come mostly blessed with good health and success and I hope you’ll be able to open this business you dream about and stop working for people which you hate so much! Especially stupid people!
I believe that dreams come true but we need to be a bit persistent about it, something you should really work on and improve even if we live in a shitty country where dreams die before they were born!
I wish you will always be surrounded by your loved ones and never be alone, I wish that life will keep us close for more years to come and we’ll have more laughter and more joy and less depression, stress and tears!
Lina’s childhood friend from Egypt is arriving today so we celebrate her birthday and of course that means lot of delicious food as well from Egypt and mostly Egyptian Duck and Hamam Mahshi (Pigeon) 😁 Of course she’s my friend too now and we are like a squad actually 😁
It’s true that I hardly express and I hardly do the love and care things but I prefer to show my care and love in my actions, but I do love you so much and don’t worry more than them that’s for sure 😁 😁 ❤ ❤
Hope you enjoyed! Your thoughts are always welcome 😊
Huguette Antoun – July 12th 2019