13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend

13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend

We are best friend AND soul mates.
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We all have that one best friend of ours that isn't just a friend; they are practically family. They are the type of friends that stick with you through thick and thin and always have your back. They never let you down and know how to comfort you. Not only are they there for emotional support, but they provide good memories and a lifetime of laughter and fun whenever they are around. This goes out to the best friends who we wouldn't be complete without, the ones that make us whole. Here are 13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend:

1. You never let me down.

No matter the circumstances, we are always in agreement of some sort. I can always count on you to be there even at the most randomness times.

2. You are blunt with me.

You tell me straight up how you feel, which I love about you. If something looks wrong with my outfit, you are the first to say it. I know I can always count on you to keep me looking sharp whenever we hit the club! (Just kidding, we're boring.)

3. You don't care to hurt my feelings when I'm in the wrong.

Yes, this is a great thing I am thankful for. By doing this, you allow me to see other people's perspective's and allow me to truly see things differently. And when I am in the wrong and you call me out on it, I don't get upset because I know that it is just another learning experience for me. You allow me to grow.

4. You are there for me when my real family is not.

Even when we expect our real family to be there all of the time they're not, but you are. Even when it's late at night or in the middle of the day, I know I can come to you about anything even if its just because I'm bored and need someone to talk to. I know that I can confide in you and not be criticized for it.

5. You show me what true family is.

And while confiding all my secrets to you is one of the best things yet, one of the biggest things you teach me is how to love. You teach me that everyone and everything deserves to be heard and loved and accepted, blood or not. You are my family.

6. You remind me of how great I am every day.

On my lowest days, you are there to pick me up, piece by piece, to put me back together and remind me of how beautiful I am inside and out, and I can only hope that I reciprocate that action.

7. You help me through all of my problems, even if I don't see them at first.

Yeah, you catch my problems before me sometimes. You see an issue before it becomes one. You help me realize that my problems are fixable and that I can handle anything that comes my way.

8. You never let anyone tear me down, not for long.

Although my biggest critic is myself, you never let me tear myself down for long. You always comfort me when I struggle with my own battles and demons inside my head and then set me off to heal. I never stay down long around you. I am thankful for that.

9. You always remind me of how strong I am.

And when you pick me back up and wipe the tears from my eyes, you remind me of how strong I really am. How strong I must be to take all my self-hate and the problems of the outside world. I love you for this; you are the best thing for self-esteem.

10. You never judge me.

No matter how crazy or stupid or weird it is, you never judge me. And hallelujah for that.

11. You care for me deeply.

We share a bond like no other. We are "best friend soul mates". We connect so easily and it allows us to truly be ourselves and not hold back. We are so close we even finish each other's sentences. How cliche.

12. You support me when no one else does.

When I tell you about my dreams and goals in life, you have my back no matter what. You remind that I can do anything if I want it ad enough. You always tell me I am destined for success and help me understand my ambitions even when my family disagrees.

13. We make a bad-ass pair.

Oh yeah, we have great times together. Although we don't do anything "normal" teenagers would be doing, we still go out and have a good time full of memories and laughter. Not to mention, WE FLAWLESS!

Out of all the amazing times, I've had in my life, I am glad I got to share the majority of my time with you. I am thankful for what you have taught me and what we have learned together as a duo. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have a friend like you in my life to keep me stable. You deserve everything, my best friend. I love you.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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To My Long-Distance Best Friend, We Might Be 7,811 Miles Apart, But Our Friendship Only Gets Stronger

It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

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To my best friend,

It has been 270 days since I last met you and 206 more days until I meet you again. People say that time flies by quickly, but these have been the most difficult days that seemed to drag on forever. Five years ago when you were sitting next to me on the first day of our sociology class, I had no idea we would end up being best friends. From sharing my mother's parathas during lunch breaks to the countless sleepovers, I will never forget all the memories we created throughout high school.

I vividly remember the day I told you I would be studying abroad. You were so happy and proud of me for pursuing my dreams but also upset that we wouldn't be seeing each other every now and then. I was worried if our friendship would even last. But we have spent almost two years away from each other and our friendship only seems to get stronger.

I'm so grateful to technology for allowing us to be in touch all the time. My day doesn't feel complete if I do not receive a text from you. I know we do not video call often because of how busy our schedules are (another reason being time zones suck and I cannot do the math), but always know that I am there for you. It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

We have both had some terrible friendship experiences in our past before we met each other that have completely broken our faith in friendships. But know that you can always count on me and that I will never leave your side. Know that I will always set an alarm early in the morning just to video call you. Know that I will always be there for you (even if I'm not physically present around you). Know that you will always be the first person I share everything with.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Thank you for encouraging me to make new friends at college. Thank you for always being there during my failures and reminding me that it's not the end of the world and that more opportunities will come my way. Thank you for being there during my successes and being my number one cheerleader. Thank you for always reminding me to love myself. You not only have a special place in my heart but also have a special place in my family. My mother and sister not only glad that I have a best friend like you but also adore you so much. It is impossible to imagine a life without you.

I cannot wait for more butter chicken sleepover dates in December!

Lots of love,

Your best friend.

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