Wow, 5-6 years is a long time to know someone and I have known a lot of you for that long maybe even longer! It all started with 8 girls in the 8th grade. You welcomed me into the St. Mary's Family with open arms. I loved it there and it was all because of you. I love you more than you will ever really know. You gave me a gift that day. The gift of lifelong friendship.
Once we got to high school we added many new faces. This was extremely exciting. It was a time to keep old friends but bring in some new. Each person has brought something unique and different to our group over the years. We have seen it shrink and grow. Despite this, it has never lost the core 8 friends. We have all stuck together through the rapid changes within the group. I wish I could have graduated with you but in a way I did, in spirit. I saw the pictures and felt honored to be the best friend of so many talented amazing graduates.
Even though we all go to different colleges now, I am always happy to see pictures and posts on Facebook. I like to know what everyone is up to. And any chance I get to come visit I take it, because no matter where I go or what I do Annapolis will always be home for me. It was the town I really grew up in. Those pivotal years of maturity were there in the Naval Academy and St. Mary’s families. Bonds have been forged that will be with me forever. Keeping in touch has helped me to not feel as lonely and planning trips to visit gives me a chance to look forward to something.
I cherish each and every one of you. You are always completely honest with me (especially when it comes to boys), we laugh lots, we have made the best memories together from school trips to sleep overs, and we have learned from each other along the way. I will always be sweet, innocent Hayley even when college has to teach me the tougher more adult lessons. I will bounce back because I know down the coast are friends who will be there to support me always.
What started as a group of girls in 8th grade has grown into an amazing experience with lots of new faces and new gifts to be gained. I loved watching the group thrive over the years. I miss you all so much. Can’t wait to see you again.