“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” ~ Ann Landers
Having just celebrated our friendsaversary and realizing that though I have given her very honorable mentions, I have not actually dedicated a whole entire post to my stunningly beautiful, kind-hearted, snail to my shell, and water to my wave, my very own mer-twin!
Can we say Friend failure?!
Tiffany and I were destined to be friends. I know it sounds so utterly cliche, but it does not negate that fact. She is from Maine. I am from New Hampshire. We literally grew up an hour and fifteen minutes apart and as kids frequented the same places. We were destined to run into each other at some point right?
Despite our New England roots, we didn’t meet until we both had moved to New York.
A small world after all
One Spring day four years ago, I was getting my tan on in Cedar Hill and Tiffany was rounding up her littles at the Ancient Playground. They are literally a block apart right by The Met. A friend noticed that we were literally a hop skip and a block from each other and introduced us via the good old Facebook.
Thank you Mark Zuckerberg AND Melissa!
After chatting for a few days, we decided to meet at the now defunct Little Brown Coffee Haus on the Upper East Side where we both lived at the time.
Ladies and gents please cue choir of angels!
Overlooking the tiny fact she is a tea drinker not a coffee drinker (I’ll forgive her since it seems Like a running trait in my best friends ahem Gemini Twin) we instantly clicked talking for hours as we realized we had a ton in common! Not drinking coffee aside (Still working on getting over that!) we were both wine connoisseurs, loved the ocean, weren’t just chefs but bakers and the kicker we wanted to be writers!
Thus on a rainy day on the Upper East Side in what could have been a Sex and The City moment, a solid friendship was born. Through moves to and from the city (Tiffany) and many trips to Maine (me) our friendship has with stood a lot in a short, but no less memorable, span of time.
Tiffany was the one who helped me find my inner merqueen. I had always loved the beach and after various meet-ups at a few of my favorites in Maine, she introduced me to HER favorites, taking me on merventures throughout the South Portland area.
We even started a tradition. Every year around my birthday, we would take a boat ride on an old fashioned schooner, channeling our inner mermaids as we sailed around Casco Bay, posing for pictures and enjoying the stunning views of the historic rocky coast and the numerous lighthouses that personify Maine.
It literally feels like we have been friends for ever. The countless memories we have made in the last four years have been innumerable. From Fancy Fridays at Top of the East, to reenacting Breakfast at Tiffany’s in NYC, to photo shoots, to dates at Maison Kayser, to getting up super early to visit the Today Show, not to mention all our merventures it is never a dull moment with this girl.
She gets me in a way that few people do. Always knowing when to call me on my bullshit in a funny, yet kind way. And even protecting me from myself when I try to push myself to much. I can always bounce writing ideas off her and know she will give me solid feedback. We even joke about how our Russian Writing Muses love to torture us.
When Tiffany moved to Bar Harbor a year and a half ago to be with the love of her life, I cried because she was to far away for a day trip when I went home. Yet, somehow we have made it work. Through phone calls, FaceTime, and countless texted conversations (which makes my heart laugh) we have stayed besties. It is a friendship that literally takes no effort, because we BOTH want it.
Despite the distance we have still managed to see each other fairly frequently, and finally, FINALLY, I am metaphorically swimming my derriere to Bar Harbor to see her.
It has been a long time coming but the Mertwins are reuniting and I only hope Tiffany’s man can handle us! I am not just elated to see my bestie’s town, which isn’t just stunning but a mer-playground! I am ecstatic to spend time with her and make even more memories!
Just thinking about it, gives my heart all the feels. I am so blessed to have my mertwin in my life. Everyone needs someone like her, and I am so lucky that through what was destiny, I found mine!
Do you have a Mer-Twin? How did you guys meet?