Courteney Cox aka Monica Geller from the NBC series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. celebrates her 51st birthday today. Her portrayal of the perfectionist OCD-afflicted yet lovable chef is classic and inimitable. Here are 10 reasons why we think every group of friends should have a Monica in it:
1. She knows how it feels to be fat
Monica suffered from obesity as a child and so she won’t be judgmental about your food choices. She even turned her love for food into a career. Which brings us to #2.
2. She is an excellent chef
Who can forget her “Li’l drops of heaven” Christmas candy which caused a riot in the hallway? Or the scrumptious feast she whips up every Thanksgiving? (Admit it, every Thanksgiving episode makes us So. Hungry.)
3. She is probably the only adult in the group
While all friends have their own quirks as well as great moments, Monica is the anchor of their lives. She is the one with a well-equipped grown-up's apartment (with ELEVEN sets of towels, might we add). And while she also goofs up now and then, she has, by far, the most sensible advice for everyone.
4. She owns her romantic choices like a boss
Whether it be Dr Richard Burke who was 21 years her senior, or Chandler (who people thought was unlikely to ever take a wife), when Monica is in love, she is fiercely loyal, protective, and capable of bringing out the best in a man. Who wouldn’t want that?
5. She’ll win at everything (even at losing)
Extremely competitive and strong-willed, Monica HAS to win at everything- football, table tennis, party planning, and even massages! With Monica on your team, you will either win spectacularly or make your opponent wish they'd never won!
6. She is great with children
If there is anybody perfect for motherhood, it is Monica. She'll be the best person if you ever need someone to take care of your children. (We forgive her for making Ben go “Monica BANG!”, though, right?)
7. She is a very understanding girlfriend
Monica is an extremely mature girlfriend who will always have your back. Whether it is fake-laughing at an office party, or dressing up as a shark and thrashing around in a bathtub (if that is your thing).
8. She is your go-to person for everything about women
Phoebe is in a world of her own, and Rachel doesn't really look beyond her small universe. But Monica always has realistic advice if ever your own girlfriend is confusing the life out of you!
9. She keeps everything clean
And not just clean, but “Monica Clean”! Trust us, this is a very underrated quality in a friend. You’ll appreciate this when your date unexpectedly agrees to come in for coffee and your place is like Ross' dirty date!
10. She will never be mean to your partners
We all are perplexed when our best friends and partners do not really get along with each other. But unless your date is an especially nasty specimen, Monica will be very nice to them. Heck, she's nice even to Janice and makes Chandler apologise to his high-school girlfriend!
More than anything else, Monica knows how to embrace your flaws and emerge out as a decent human being, quirks and all. By far the closest to real life, won’t you say?
If you too think Monica will always be there for you, share with us in the comments below!
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