I've known Tasneem for 9 years going on 10. We met in 9th grade at Carrollton. I had just switched schools and was nervous to meet new people. Would I like them? Would they like me ? I sat with a few girls for lunch on one of my first days there and made eye contact with 14-year old Tasneem. My first instinct was to contort my face and cross my eyes. Best friend status at first sight. She laughed so hard! It was my first real welcoming into a school that became my home for four years.
Tasy still has the same contagious laughter 9 years later. She has the enviable quality of making people feel at ease around her. It's no surprise that she's liked by anyone no matter what she does. A few months ago, she just strolled into my house without knocking or announcing her arrival. She just decided it would be totally cool to turn the doorknob and walk in like she owned the place. Who does that?! And my parents still call her my sister.
She just turned 23 and still has the quirky & unique qualities that made me want to be her best friend at 14. Cheers to 23 and to many, many more. I love you.