Starbucks has a special place in my heart, but not for the reasons you might think. I will admit it took me about three years to stop saying “We” when referring to Starbucks — yes, I was a Starbucks employee, and a good one to boot! But their overpriced coffee and “anyway you like it” mind-set isn’t what makes my heart warm at the sound or sight of Starbucks. It’s simply that whenever I see a Starbucks it reminds me of my three best friends.
Ellyn, Tamara & Tiffany all came into my life in high school (well Ellyn and I met as Brownies, but we’ll leave those stories for later). Ellyn was the “glue that binds” so to speak, and we all formed friendships with each other through her. Little did I know at the time that these three women would be the solid, immovable friends that would carry me through life’s highs and lows.
In high school and then into college we spent HOURS at Starbucks. It wasn’t uncommon for us to sit there for four hours, chatting about life, discussing where we thought we would be in 5 or 10 years, and digging into each other’s lives in a way that we’d let few others do. These are the women that would answer my call in the middle of the night and just listen (don’t know if I ever did that, but I’m sure they would pick up if I did), they are the ones that can take a genuine look into my life and ask “Are you really okay?” The best friends stick by you no matter what — they know that when all is said and done you are FOR them, and that’s what counts. Even when we mess up and hurt each other, we know that after it’s all sorted out we will be just as close as before, if not more. I know, because we’ve been through it.
Now, many years after high school (no need to specify how many), we are living in three different states, some of us have babies (just one of us really, but we’re all quite proud) we still talk, not as frequently as we’d like, and we still share our lives, the big and small events. We know that three other people in this world are FOR us and FOR each other. We know that we’ll always have those hours at Starbucks together, and we know the beauty, the blessing and the incredible honor of having not one, but three best friends.
Thank you Starbucks, for letting us sit in your chairs for hours at a time — it changed our lives.