This week was Emily’s birthday, and the Hawaii girls were determined to make it special. A�I don’t think The Flight Attendant LifeA�could be without Emily. A�She’s been my constant sidekick for the past four years and counting. A�We met at the flight attendant interview when I told her that she couldn’t sit in that chair, but she could sit next to me. A�I was much more shy and timid at that time, and Emily, is the antithesis; a woman that speaks her mind. A�We bonded over being the youngest in our training class, and as the years progressed, our friendship has deepened with adventures to Croatia, Greece, Istanbul, Oktoberfest, and more. A�Too many to list. A�We are continually recounting tales of our escapades.
Emily & I in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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When I didn’t have a place to live in Hawaii, it was her that took in the homeless, and gave me an extra key to her car. A�Cliched as this sentence is, she is really always there when I need her, so when I landed in London two weeks ago, to a text from Dorie, saying, “Emily needs you. A�Read your email. A�Her boyfriend broke up with her,” A�My heart sank. A�I’m always away when significant life events happen.
The group of flight attendant friends had been in the process of planning a birthday tea party for Emily anyway, and after this bombshell, we determined to do whatever we could to make her birthday amazing. A�We had to add a silver lining to an emotional two weeks. A�Through the kindness and generosity of a manger at The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach, and the girls getting decorations, cake, party hats, and all things birthday, we threw Emily an elegant tea party. A�To see her happy, laughing, and having fun was all that all of us wanted. A�We decided she should have a birthday every month.
Being a flight attendant has taught me a lot about friendships, the importance of them, and the value of a group of friends. A�As a friend, I can’t be, or do everything for Emily that she needs, or any of my friends. A�I’m not as wise or objective as Keri, and don’t have the creativity and hopefulness that Dorie naturally carries with her. A�I can’t be The Mama like Lisa, with wise life experiences and warm hugs to share. A�I personally can’t comprehend the depth of heartbreak that my best friend is experiencing, but what I can do is take her on adventures. A�I can force her to jump in the middle of a group of uniformed sailors or plan her flights to Peru next month. A�I don’t know how the next six months will play out, as for the first time, my partner in crime and I will be based on opposite sides of the country, but as someone once said, “true friendship isn’t about being inseparable, but being separated, and nothing changes.” A�I’m sure we will be celebrating the next birthday, as well as many more together.
Tea Party Dresses
Uniformed Hotness in Hawaii