Foto Friday…on a Saturday?

So I realized I’ve not posted Foto Friday in a couple week. And of course I started one for yesterday but am actually posting it on Saturday. However, posting my Foto Friday on Saturday is completely representative of the discombobulation and randomness that the photo represents but in the end it all works out.

Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer
Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer

Meet a core group of my BFFs. This photo was taken at Courtney’s son’s/my Godson’s Baptism. This group has been through it all with each other. The ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the ugly and the hideously terrifying. We’ve been through one another’s weddings, birth of children, change of identities and even a few “come to Jesus” moments over life, love, alcohol and other life issues.

Courtney is the farthest left. She and I met in our undergrad days when we served on Student Government together. I guess I could say she’s the Alpha Queen of the group. Always ready to act or make a decision, provide a good bitch slap when needed and one of the first people I ever came out to….and of course when I came out to her, her first questions was my preference between Brad Pit or George Clooney to make sure I was a Classy Gay.

HJohn is the one peeking his head over my left shoulder in the photo. Hmmm…how do I describe HJohn…loyal, cautious, cerebral, and vertically challenged? 🙂 I first met him when he joined our fraternity many a year ago. Since then we have become best friends and brothers even though we are pretty much complete opposites. But he’s always sharing his big dreams and plans, and trying to find his place in life and the world and it keeps us on our toes and always is a nice reminder to always dream and have something to aim for.

Then finally, there’s Sara Jean, or SJ. She’s my longest running friend in the photo. We first met….well…shoot…I don’t remember. I was working at the local abc affiliate in Flint and she was a volunteer for the first Children’s Miracle Network Telethon that I worked at the TV station. Then we went Greek and had classes and it just went from there. We’ve been through so much and some crazy extremes but we seem to always come out standing up right and better. She’s always the planner and her and Courtney are most times polar opposites which balances everything out.

Its rare when the four of us are able to all get together but when we do, I always love it and cherish it. Metaphorically you could say we’re each others’ compass. Four completely separate, different and unique individuals who help each other stay on point as we journey through life; giving each other a good kick in the ass if we stray too far. So now you know some of the key friends who have helped shape me into the awesome person I am today 🙂

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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