I was the arts & entertainment editor at the university newspaper when he walked into the newsroom.
"I'm interested in joining the school newspaper and I was told to come here," he said, in a slightly southern drawl. He was 18 and absolutely adorable.
A couple weeks later, he approached me after a staff meeting. He wanted to cover the upcoming Barbra Streisand concert for my section. I was delighted. He also told me he loved my skirts and dresses.
"I work at the Gap, so any time you want to buy something, let me know and I'll use my employee discount," he said.
It was an offering of friendship that sealed the deal on fate.
Jonny and I have been best friends ever since.
And today is his 25th birthday.
I often feel sad that Jonny lives far away now. (Well, four hours away, ha). But, in reality, not everyone is as lucky as me. Not everyone has a best friend who is more than a best friend. He's my family.
He was there for me when my college sweetheart smashed my heart into pieces. He gave me a shoulder to lean on when I plummeted through comical dating disasters. He helped me stalk my current boyfriend. He offered distraction when I hit rock bottom.
I believe he would say the same about me.
Here is a look at me and Jonny throughout the years.
Happy birthday, Bunny! Love, your Jenny Benny. xoxo