THIS IS MY 101st BLOG POST! Which is so exciting. I can’t believe I’ve posted over 100 times within the last year and a half. This blog is quite literally my personal diary that I also put out on the infinite internet. Yes, it can sometimes be scary to be so vulnerable but it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Looking back at how I’ve grown in my writing and grown as a person since August of 2016 is pretty cool. Thank you to everyone who reads, comments, likes, and shares my posts! This is still just the beginning.
I am starting a new series on my blog called “Meet My People”. Basically, each month I’m going to write about a different person (or people) in my life who as had a significant impact on who I am. My favorite humans. My day ones. My people. So, without further a due, meet my people: Payton Nester-Wooten.
Wooten is possibly one of the biggest rays of sunshine I have ever met. She is such a light. She has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen and lives life to have a good time. “Honey badgers don’t give a shit!”
Lets rewind back to August of 2014- when Wooten and I met. It was 2nd week of Basic Military Training (BMT) and Wooten and I were assigned an evening detail were we basically swept the sidewalk clean every night. We had been living, showering, eating, and sleeping together for two weeks straight but had yet to really talk to one another. One evening as we were sweeping the ground Wooten kept asking me, “Where are you from.” And I would tell her, and then a few minutes later she would ask again. We repeated this 5 or 6 times. We were basically inseparable after that. One of my favorite memories from BMT is that every night, Wooten and I would yell across the dormitory to each other “Goodnight, I love you!”.
Wooten is hands down the person who made BMT the experience that it was for me. And the reason I have so much love for her is because God, no doubt, put us together for a reason. He knew what He was doing when he assigned us both to Flt 590. Wooten could not have entered my life at a more perfect time. In the months prior to leaving for BMT, I was having a lot of attitude problems. I was tired of living in my parents house and following my parents rules. I thought I was a grown ass adult and wanted to be my own boss. This caused a lot of issues between my parents and I, especially between my mom and I. Wooten on the other hand is the biggest mama’s girl in the world! Her and her mama are like two peas in the same pod. They call each other “bitch” and love like there’s no tomorrow. Wooten and her mom both have two of the biggest and kindest hearts out there. They are just simply, incredibly good people. Wooten came into my life when I was in a time of great struggle and taught me how important family is. She reminded me that family is everything, no matter what. It is because of her, and her love for her mama, that pushed me to fix the holes in the relationship with my own parents. I am forever grateful for the lessons I’ve learned from her sweet soul.
Luckily for Wooten and I, we both went to Fort Sam Houston for our tech school training. Those 4-5 months were some of the absolute best! We spent countless days avoiding studying, eating Chinese food and “drinking too much drink”, bolwing!!!!!, going to the movies, going to the river walk, and lying to Stew about how close we were to being ready to go. “Omg stew we’re literally walking down the stairs right now.” (We were still in bed).
Our time at Ft Sam was pretty memorable. We spent so many weekends at the bowling alley. We went together to get Wooten’s first tattoo! We spent our first Thanksgiving away from home together. We went to a gay bar and made friends with the stripper. We had a BFF taxi driver. We spent so many nights doing honey badger shit and laughing until we almost peed our pants.
Wooten graduated before I did, which means she left Ft Sam before I did. I remember the day she left, I woke up at 4am to say my goodbyes and I was so sad. I didn’t want to be released from school at the end of the day because I didn’t want to go back to the dorms without my bestfriend.
We didn’t see each other for 8 months after that! Wooten and her mama drove down THROUGH A HURRICANE for less than 24 hours when I was home for my dad’s retirement ceremony just so we could see each other!
And, unfortunately, we haven’t seen each other since then. It’s been just under 2.5 years. Even though we haven’t seen each other in literally months, our friendship has always remained strong. I miss the shit out of Wooten. I miss hearing her saying, “motherfucker”, I miss her praying for before a test, I miss going to the vape store every Sunday and bowling every weekend. “No, you’ve never bowled with Wooten and Eihusen. It’s like losing your virginity.” I miss forcing her to go to the defac with me and I miss talking about your obsession with FireBall. I miss having my bestfreind around and I miss laughing at literally nothing, and then laughing about that. Wooten and I text each other at least once a week that we wished we lived closer. And dang, do I wish we lived closer!
And for the most exciting part- a few weeks ago Wooten sent me a video message, and at the end she told me SHE’S PREGNANT. MY BESTFRIEND IS PREGNANT!!!!!!!! I was in shock when she told me and definitely did not believe her. But, it’s true. And now, Wooten is GETTING MARRIED!! I get to become an aunt and I get to be in my bestfriends wedding!!! I am unbelievably happy for Wooten. So a visit will definitely be in the near future.
Wooten is a one in a million kinda girl. A diamond kind of friend. I’m one lucky gal to have her in my life. She lights up any room she walks into with her contagious laugh and big bright smile. I don’t easily call anybody one of my bestfriends, but Wooten holds that title for sure. No doubt about it.
I love you so dang much Wooten and I am so dang thankful for you! Thank you for being one of my favorite people and one of my bestfriends. Thank you for reminding me what’s important in life and THANK YOU for keeping me laughing. I aspire to have a heart as big as yours. To be able to love like you do, you love ALL people, regardless of who they are, what they are, or what they’ve done. You are going to be an incredible mom and the most beautiful bride. I love you bitch!
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