about a friend

This post was long overdue (about 9 months) for if there is one person LMJ owes this blog to, that person is Nicky
I created Little Miss Joey the blog because of him and I guess it's fair to say largely for him. It has evolved since then, and I grew to appreciate and enjoy having readers and people who comment and share bits of their day and silliness with me, but that came after. 
Nicky is one of my best friends. He encourages me to be the best I can be and the sensibility to do that for others is something I find rare. He was the one to first call me Joey. He motivates me to go out and photograph and gives me feedback and words of incentive. He pushes me to run and it was very much thanks to him that I was able to complete the Oxford 10K Town & Gown so smoothly (Jamie has now joined us in our running adventures, my boys!). When I said I couldn't do the half marathon we've been training for this September, he found one we could run in March to give my body some time to learn a few things. He bakes for me when I'm very upset and baked my first ever proper homemade apple muffins (an all-time favourite). He teaches me English grammar and vocabulary and only once was he not that patient with my constant questions. We sit next to each other in work; if we both stretch our arms our hands touch. I see him almost everyday and it feels weird when I don't. He has no telephone manners and I find that funny. He teaches me about cricket and although he moans I never learn he still tells me the rules pretty much every time I ask and actually makes me want to watch cricket by myself to see if I can catch up. He explained all the Tour de France tactics to me until I enjoyed it, for the first time ever. Thanks to him I was able to do the most hideous impression of a Scouse accent and that was priceless for as long as I cared to do it. He makes the best impressions ever and makes me laugh every single time. He has a short temper on certain things because he cares too much and that is endearing. He mocks and teases me and that's fine too. 
He will probably dislike this photograph, but I love it. We clearly don't agree on all things and that's just perfect!


  1. cococita
    6 September 2011 / 19:50

    A very beautiful post and a very beautiful photo Joey! Had already goosebumps by listening to the adorable voice of Emmylou Harris and now I am goosebumped totally 😉 cause I am touched by your wonderful description of Nicky. Friendship really is is the most beautiful relationship existing. (And no, that says nothing about my love for Bocky, cause he is not only my lover, he also is my one of my dearest friends) Cherish your friendship, Nicky and Joey, but Im sure you are 🙂 xxx

  2. Dobbin
    6 September 2011 / 22:14

    Gosh, Im a bit embarrassed now Joey! Thats really nice, Ill have to return the compliment on my blog some time. Actually that photo is one of the less bad ones of me, you can see some grey hairs though! One day you will understand cricket – I will make sure of it….;-)

  3. Sander van der Waal
    7 September 2011 / 19:29

    The art of life, right there. Really touching Joey.

  4. Ana Eugenio
    8 September 2011 / 10:05

    written from the heart 🙂 love it! so good to know there are friendships like yours 🙂 xoxo

  5. Ana Eugenio
    13 September 2011 / 22:00

    will it be an inspiring Wednesday again? hope so!! xoxo

  6. Christian
    15 September 2011 / 06:11

    Isnt it wonderful to have someone to be your cheerleader? Even when we dont believe in ourselves. I feels this way with my boyfriend. He always is encouraging and even shall I say pushing me forward. I am so grateful for this. Lovely post 🙂

  7. Ana Eugenio
    18 September 2011 / 22:05

    are you okay? hope so! xoxo

  8. Little Miss Joey
    19 September 2011 / 20:30

    Thank you so much everyone for all your kind words 🙂 Im sure Nicky is blushing in the corner, maybe Ill snap a picture of that too :Dx

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