Carol and I met through work just
shortly after my life changing move from Scotland to
live in Hertfordshire. Carol is from Texas and met her
husband Iain (from Saffron Walden) while they were both
holidaying in Mexico. The random chain of events that
brought them together then led her to my office as a
temp and she was sent to me for training. Carol fondly
remembers that she took one look at me from the other
side of the room and thought “great, she looks happy”.
I obviously cheered up after that
because here we are 6 years later. Our friendship is
mostly based on a shared love of country music,
cocktails, dancing, wine, singing, light beer, Sex and
the City, cosmopolitans, old movies, getting drunk and
rowdy, staying up till the wee small hours, did I say
Carol kept me sane BC (before
Chris) and her calming influence and sense of humour got
me through some tough times. Mostly she just makes me
laugh which takes the edge off the ridiculous things
that seem to happen to me (i.e. the landlady from hell).
Since meeting Chris things haven’t
changed. He too shares a love of getting drunk and rowdy
and staying up till the wee small hours, although he
usually passes on Sex and the City and the cocktails.
Carol, Iain, Chewy and Liz (the hairy kids) have been
known to come round on Friday night and leave on Sunday
after a weekend of Mario Kart and Band Hero.
Carol’s outstanding organisations
skills and rationality in times of crisis earned her
place as Chief Bridesmaid. An example of this is when I
accidentally locked us out. I phoned Chris (who was
very drunk and in Nottingham at the time) to moan while
Carol mastered the art of breaking into our house with a
twig and a piece of string.
I couldn’t be more thankful to Carol for all her help with the hen night, for being
available most weekends for hair and makeup trials,
tastings, dress fittings and talking me down from the
edge every time there’s a drama but most of all for
being an absolutely brilliant friend.