Are you sitting on pins & needles, waiting to see which of my bff’s is going to be featured next? Well, wait no more. Meet Jehara!!!
Isn’t she lovely?
Jehara and I first met in university, in a Shakespeare class taught by the totally awesome Dr. Lacy. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was his fondness for daily quizzes in which he asked the most obscure questions possible to ensure that we had done our assigned reading. Of course we did our assigned reading! It’s Shakespeare! What’s not to love? Nonetheless, no matter how carefully I paid attention to the text, I didn’t particularly see a need to recollect how many hops Cleopatra took through the town (real question). Jehara and I got to work with another student or two on a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Side note: that’s when I discovered my second favourite tongue twister–“Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, he bravely broached his boiling bloody breast.”) I adored her. I thought she was the cutest, quirkiest person I’d ever met, and I knew then I’d want to be friends with her forever.
And then I didn’t see her again, except when I was over at the theatre department to watch the student projects or when I went to the Stone Cottage to watch MoMentuM’s inaugural season, in which my sister, the incomparable Izzybella, had roles. But I still loved her madly. As Izzy was getting involved in MoMentuM, I asked her to let me know when there was a play that she thought I might do well in, so I could audition. As fate would have it, Jehara chose Gertrude Stein’s What Happened: A Play in Five Acts and Izzy decided I’d be perfect. I summoned up all my courage and auditioned, and the audition process was so fun and completely different from anything I’d imagined. Jehara took a chance on me, and thus initiated my whopping two play theatre career. More importantly, it initiated a friendship that will never be extinguished.
Jehara has a unique perspective on the world and life, and I always enjoy talking with her and looking at things through her eyes. She’s very artistic. She’s true, loyal, deeply loving, another person who loves unconditionally. She knows how to laugh and be silly–for example, I felt completely comfortable in revealing to her that I like to play and splash in the bathtub when I take baths. She remembered that, and a few years later brought me a purple bath soap crayon.
She now lives too far away for my liking, but she’s making a new life with her husband. I know that no matter how rarely we get to see each other, there won’t be any constraint or awkwardness when we do get together.
I really love her. She is just amazing. I am blessed to have her for myy friend.