A Laugh A Day

This is my best friend, Emily.

Isn’t she pretty?   And the best part about Em is that she’s even prettier on the inside, if you can imagine.   But more than being pretty inside and out, Emily is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life.   She might be the funniest.

Emily and I met at my very first adult job in college.   She actually hired me.   We were legal assistants at a prominent law firm in Tallahassee, Florida, with dreams of big legal careers in front of us.   Emily and I worked for different attorneys and our offices were around the corner from each other.   In order to chat during the work day, we sent each other instant messages.   We couldn’t see each other from our desks, but I would send an instant message to her and then I’d wait.   About 30 seconds later, I’d hear Emily snickering at her desk.   Which would make me start to laugh.   Then, about 30 seconds after that, a hysterical instant message from Emily would pop up on my computer screen and I’d bust out in silent giggles.

It was a game for us.   See who could make the other one laugh out loud.   Emily always won.

Eventually, the office manager at the firm caught on to our shinanigans and decided to split us up.   Emily was moved downstairs to a different office and I stayed upstairs.   But our instant messages continued.   Only now, I’d send an instant message to her and about 30 seconds later my desk phone would ring.   When I answered, all I’d hear was Emily snickering hysterically on the other end.   She never said anything.   Just laughed and hung up.   A few minutes later a message from Emily would pop up on my screen, I’d call her, and die laughing as quietly as possible.

This was how we spent our days.

We were star employees.

Its been many years since Em and I worked together.   We haven’t even lived in the same state since college.   But we continue to keep our friendship alive and kickin’ through phone calls, letters, visits, and emails.   But mostly, we keep in touch through instant messaging.   A couple afternoons a week at work, I’ll get an instant message from Emily.   And they are still the same.   We still make fun of celebrities.   We still complain about boys.   We still try to spell out our bodily noises.

But the other day, Emily broke her own record.   She outdid herself.

Without going into too much detail, I was expecting a ballerina from the New York City Ballet at work one day last week.   It was a male dancer.   Which you would think is funny enough in itself, but you just hold your horses.   It gets so much better.

So, earlier that day I sent an instant message to Emily telling her about my male dancer guest.   When I got to the train station to pick up the guest, it was hard not to notice how short he was.   I mean, really, really short.   Shorter than me and I’m 5’5.   I know it was wrong, but I immediately sent a text message to Emily saying, “My male dancer is really short!”

A couple minutes later, I’m riding in the car with the male dancer when my cell phone rings.

“Hello?” I say.

“HOLD ME CLOSER, TINY DAAAANCER!”   Emily sings out.

I didn’t know what to do.   He was sitting RIGHT THERE.   And, just like at work, I had to try to stifle my laugh as much as possible.

“Oh, hi,” I say in my forced professional voice.   “Can I call you back later today?”


“Okay, great.   I’ll call you later.”


“Bye, Em.”


Its reassuring to know that even though we live completely separate lives now, even though we live across the country from each other, Em and I can still crack each other up just as good as we did sitting around the corner from each other at the law firm in college.

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31 Thoughts to “A Laugh A Day”

  1. Best friends are, well, the best ;)Corny but true!

  2. This makes me miss all my friends!! So funny.

  3. Aaaahahaha! That is hilarious! She’s great! You’ve got me really curious about the ballerinA? Or male dancer? Whatever, the guy! Did he hear? Did he say anything? I don’t know how you kept it together!

  4. Amy

    OMG! I hardly ever comment here, but this is definitely comment worthy HI-larious! I cried laughing so hard just reading it, I can only imagine what you went through! and to think you couldn’t have just busted out in laughter! Wow, she sounds like a keeper! 🙂

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  7. gorgeous story, a true testament to the bonds of true friendship. My BFF and I have lived in seperate states since high school but we still talk/text/email/skype every day… I’d be lost without her to ground me.

  8. Diane C

    Too funny! Makes me miss my bff.

  9. EmilyC

    OMG!! That really cracks me up! It’s great to have a friend who makes you laugh. I work with “mature” women and we don’t have that much fun at work so I have to admit I’m really jealous.

  10. LOL!! Thank you Katie – and Emily – for making me laugh out loud in my cube this morning! 😉 What would we do without our best friends?

  11. Best friends are great- you’ve inspired me to call mine today. Except that she works all day and I have class tonight…damn. Maybe tomorrow?

  12. Iggy

    That is not what I expected Em to say but I must commend her for brilliance! If someone had said that to me, on the phone, while sitting next to the guy, I would have been doubled over in hysterical laughter! Composure would have been out the window!

  13. casey

    I also have a friend like this. Shes great!

  14. 1 – She really is stunningly beautiful.
    2 – She sounds awesomely hysterical and great.

    1. The BFF Emily

      I like you, Candice. 🙂

  15. That is awesome. I love stuff like that. Good times.


  16. Toni S.

    Oh, Katie! She is a riot!! I’ll be calling my BFF later. But, for now, I can IM my other BF, my hubby. He and I do that kind of stuff all the time. But, he has a habit of changing words to songs. Example= “Addicted” by Saving Abel:
    original: I’m so addicted to everything you do
    Changed: I’m so addicted to watching Scooby Doo.

  17. Heather O.

    I just busted out laughing. Thank god I am in my office alone because soda spilled out of my mouth a little!

  18. The BFF Emily

    Ahhh, memories. Where would we be thousands of miles away without the futuristic technology of mobile telephones and the world wide interweb. Lost, lonely, and BFF deprived. Sounds tragic and I don’t want any part of it.


    (everytime I type “xoxo” it’s always followed in my mind with “Gossip Girl” – how lame is that?)

  19. I love that there is a picture of the two of you standing in NYC traffic. What a great place for a photo op…?!

    1. Katie

      We like to say that caption for this picture is: “Kate and Em Stop Traffic” 🙂

  20. great – now i will have that song in my head for the rest of the day.

  21. I love how social media makes it so much easier to keep in touch with old friends. I can’t imagine I’d know what was going on with anybody from high school outside of reunions.

  22. Lisa

    LOL! Love your post today. 🙂

  23. Laura

    What a fun post! Em sounds great.

    I moved to another country a couple of years ago, and I always find it encouraging when people talk about meeting friends as an adult or in college.

    Also, it’s amazing how you can make distance feel like nothing through phone, email etc. 🙂 Good for you guys!

  24. Ella

    What a gorgeous BF. Mine lives 4 hours away and we have been BFs since kindergarten. We dont get to see each other often but when we do its great which reminds me id better give her a call soon. Great post BTW 🙂

  25. Zoe

    Hehehe, too funny 🙂 Great friends are rare.

  26. Zoe

    P.S. In the traffic pic, I love the people in the car staring right at whoever took the shot.

  27. OMG, that is hilarious! 🙂

  28. Alicia

    Hilarious. I’m still caught on the fact though that I just realized we went to the same college, or rather that I’m going to the same college as you went to. I’m a senior at FSU (I’m assuming that where you went in Tally). Very odd that the only blog I read consistently is written by someone who spent her college years in the same spot I’m at. Anyway, don’t want to be creepy, I just hadn’t realized that until now.

    1. Katie


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