today i’m wishing a “happy birthday” to one of my best friends, whom i’ve known for almost 18 years. i had to stop and do some math to figure that one out. we’ve been friends since the first day of 5th grade, thanks to a game of get-to-know-your-classmates koosh. then we had played a few rounds of meet me at the mall and turned a grape into a raisin (it’s a long story) and the rest is history. though she lives in vermont and i wish she were my boston neighbor, i’m psyched that she’ll be visiting soon. she knows me (and my family, thanks to annual summer camping trips) inside and out and i can’t wait to spend some time with her.