On Thursday, my very lovely friend Shando is leaving on a jet plane bound for Australia. We're going to miss her more than you can imagine, so we wanted to give her an extra special send off. Being that none of us are fans of the club scene, we decided to kick it old school- by throwing her a surprise party at Commodore Lanes.
The guest of honour was more than a little shocked when she walked into the bowling alley to see all of our smiling faces, with balloons, a giant card and a chocolate cake with her name on it.
Never having been known for my bowling skills, you can imagine my delight when I freakin' killed it, winning two games in a row. I was rolling strikes like there was no tomorrow. This is what I looked like when I found out that I won:
We drank pop, bowled our hearts out, watched the Canucks win in overtime on the tv screens and put away massive pieces of cake. The evening was reminiscent of somebody's 12th birthday party, and I mean that in the best possible way. There was certainly no shortage of laughs or good times.
Shando has been such an incredible support and inspiration to me. Trust is essential to true friendship. We need friends with whom we can share our lives, thoughts, feelings and frustrations. We need to be able to share our deepest secrets without fear of being judged or betrayed. In true friendship, there is no backbiting, no negative thoughts, no turning away. Shando has personified these ideals. She has given me infinite amounts of love, support and comfort over the years. I will definitely miss her face, but I am so very excited for her to begin this next chapter of her life and wish her an amazing adventure.