“‘Best Friend Isn’t a Person, Danny.”

My friends and I love The Mindy Project. And by love, I mean “absolutely, 110% relate to both the show and Mindy’s character in every way, shape, and form.”

We had planned on watching the season premiere at my house and had planned a very healthy smorgasbord of pizza, chicken wings, and Mr. Speculoo’s Cookie Butter ice cream (cue the choir: ohhhmaahhgouurrd).

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I left the office with just enough time to swing by and check on Inang, since I knew she was alone (my mom was at the church, volunteering with a ministry doing healthy cooking demonstrations). Since I was arriving a bit earlier, I knew she wasn’t going to be in bed yet, but I’d at least get to catch her towards her tail-end of dinner.

Or so I thought.

When I got to the house, I called out to Inang a few times (something I picked up from my dad, who bellows every time he enters a building), and started to panic when I saw her semi-collapsed against a chair she keeps by her bureau. The nightlight next to her was completely smashed (I assumed that it had broken her fall), and she seemed a bit dazed and confused.

“I just fell down.”

Four words that make your stomach sink, make your blood run cold– words you never want to hear come out of an 86-year-old’s mouth. 

“Don’t leave me.”

Three words that make your heart break into a million pieces.

I sent the girls a message to the girls via GroupMe, apologizing emphatically about the change in plans. I felt terrible. When all your friends are “grown” and “got their own,” it’s so difficult to get us young, single, working professionals together on a weekday.

Minutes later, the doorbell at my parents’ house rang. My friends- my sisters- filed into the house, armed with snacks, smiles and comic relief.

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Melo, Maria, Leslie, Inang (Rosalynn wasn’t pictured)

Instead of bee lining to the television to catch the premiere, they went straight upstairs to check on Inang, to make sure she was okay. They invited her to join us for pizza, which she agreed to do without hesitation– she is obsessed with mushroom pizza, after all.

I could talk about how lucky I am to have them as friends, but that wouldn’t be enough. The truth is, my entire family is so blessed to have them as extended members of our family, and that night, Mindy Lahiri’s heart wasn’t the only one absolutely full of love.