You know when you’re young and you say you want to be an astronaut or rocket scientist? Well, I actually do have a friend who is a rocket scientist, the beautiful and intelligent Denisse. I remember it like it were only yesterday- me helping her with her math on the school bus, she, a freshman in high school and me, a sophomore. How the tide has changed! She is pursuing a PhD at Virginia Tech, and well I must say her math skills have surpassed mine an exasecond ago ( roughly about 32 billion years ). She has been one of those people that you can immediately say “ah! we are kindred spirits! You and me, we are two peas in a pod!” Our friendship has carried for years and even though we not see or speak to each other it is as not a day had gone by. This past Saturday she and I had a little catch up time over the phone, and true to our form both apologized for the cacophonous sounds coming out of vocal chords (we were both trying to get over the flu and well, me I was trying to get rid of something… still trying to figure it out).
I soon find myself congratulating her on her recent engagement… another one bites the dust! But I digress, I am elated to say the very least. He is a wonderful guy, who also worked with NASA at one point, oh yeah, she works for NASA. He loves her and is there for her, and they have had five wonderful years together. I was honest, I told her how I felt happy and that I better have a room in their lovely new home when they marry. I can’t be the only single gal anymore! She isn’t for the big wedding, and shared with me that she’d rather just take a cruise with people to St. Barts and marry there. I told her that it was a wonderful idea! I mean, the food would already be included on the price of the cruise!
We talked about the future. I only have two friends (yeah, only two) who genuinely like to listen to and engage in my area of interest, and she is one of them. It also helps that she is very much all over anything that has to do with science. She gave me some of the greatest advice I could ever get on how to get my butt in school (even though my GRE scores where okay), she gave me ideas of other areas in which I should apply that my interest would could match.
I hope to see her soon. I can’t wait to hug her and then just talk away about new scientific innovations. We are both pretty outdoorsy so horseback riding would be a must, and rock climbing? YES! She also has to introduce me to some other brilliant single men over there in NASA 😉