I first met Corley when we were 15 years old. It was my sophomore year of high school, and we were both cast as choir students in The Legend of the Poinsettia, a sort of musical. The funny thing is, I wasn't too crazy about her at first! You see, my high school was a Fine Arts Academy, and I was a theater major. In Corley, the only thing I immediately saw was competition: she had an amazing singing voice, and she was also a talented musician. She also could play the ingenue, and unlike most of the choir kids, the girl could act really well. I was intimidated.
We were only really acquaintances sophomore year, and it wasn't until our junior year, when Corley and I shared a lot of the same classes, including theater, that we become really close. Ultimately, there were some parts I lost to her, but by that time, it didn't really matter; Corley had already won a big space in my heart. I quickly learned that we have a ton in common: we are both cancers (astrology sign), and we both feel that means something significant. We both lean towards paranoia when it comes to medical conditions (hypochondria) and have the same existential angst and fear about unanswerable questions and the chaos of the world. We share common hobbies, like acting (when I got a chance to act with her junior year, I learned a LOT from her about just being in the moment), crafting (okay, that's more something Corley passed to me, and Mary Kate Olsen, my former classmate, once complimented my bejeweled iPod that Corley made for me using tweezers and superglue), traveling, and being outdoors. We love the same superficial things like Sephora and Starbucks. We like similar music. We both could spend a year at Barnes and Noble, and we like to read the same books. We have sort of similar family backgrounds. We are both cautious, and were (in high school) naive in similar ways. We are both sensitive. We even have similar body types, both being short and curvy.
|A High School photo--2003 or 2004.|
In high school, Corley taught me how to be more comfortable singing, how to walk in high heels, how to re-decorate a room, and how to dress to flatter my figure, among many other lessons. What she has taught me since are far bigger things that I really cannot begin to articulate, but I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on a moment of it.
Last year, Brendan and I's wedding was right in between our 27th birthdays. We had a sleepover the night before in my childhood bedroom, which we had painted pink together eight years ago. I'm glad she was there because I think it's the only way I could have slept.
|Helping me into my wedding dress, which of course, she helped me pick!|
|Staying warm--December 2013|
Our day in NYC last month
Happy 28th birthday Cor-Cor-Corley Fish or Corley Elizabeth Pillsbur, whichever you prefer ;) I love you beyond words!<3 Staceles