Straight Noodles, Friendship and a Trip To Mystic Aquarium

We first met on our dorm stairwell during our move-in day at college. She remembers my white toe polish, and I, her soft grey cut-out-neck T shirt.  It was kind of like love at first best-friend site – we’ve been steadfast friends from that moment on.  Together we share endless memories and ridiculous stories full of belly laughter.  Since college, we’ve lived in different states and sometimes different time zones, but always felt connected.  She is kind and compassionate and has known my husband for as long as I have, and is the sort of friend that makes me strive to be a better person and mother.  Her sound advice has helped me to keep it together more times than I can count.  Last year when I was feeling disheartened with a newer friendship – she reminded me of wise words that her own mother once told her:

“Friendships should be like straight noodles, not a messy plate of spaghetti.”

Although our own lives have sometimes been meshed with messiness, our friendship has always been solid.  We’ve been there for one another when faced with hardships and can’t wait to celebrate each other’s successes.

She is absolutely my straightest noodle.

Too much time had passed since our families had quality time together, so we decided to meet for the day at Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic CT.  The kids ran around and explored alongside Beluga whales, African penguins and even observed underwater pumpkin carving. The aquarium brought back so many of my own childhood memories, and watching the excitement through the eyes of our kiddos, together, was amazing.

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I think we both left with filled-up spirits, and a promise not to let too much time slip away before our next adventure.