An Open Letter To My College Best Friend, Sarah

An Open Letter To My College Best Friend, Sarah

Dear Sarah, You're stuck with me now.
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Dear Sarah,

You are my best friend. I know those five words are said way too much, but I want you to know you are special. I will have many friends as circumstances in my life change, but the memories I have with you will never be able to be altered. You have been with me through thick and thin, and vice versa. I cannot imagine my life without you and I honestly do not want to. I know all of these things are really cliché, but they are also true in their own individual way.

When I went to college I did not really know what to expect, but you helped me through it. I knew I had someone to always talk to or go to dining hall with. Our first year at Randolph we were inseparable. Living on the same hall gave us awesome memories. I remember all of the random dance parties in your room, having a marshmallow fight in my room, and even when we were stressed out with our Psychology test and laid down in the hall to calm down. I want you to know that I still remember that a single quick knock on the door meant you were back from class, and I honestly miss that knock.

I know that we have not been as close as last year because we live in different buildings, but I love that we made it work. I love how during the summer we would Skype and FaceTime late at night to talk and catch up for hours. Now that we are back on campus we cannot go a whole day without receiving/sending an “I miss you” text.

I know our past and present have been amazing and I honestly just want to tell you that, no matter what, I know our future will be amazing too. The way I know that is by looking at what we have accomplished together. I remember being a little freshman with you and, while we are still little, we are not freshmen anymore. We still have years to go before we are done, but we know things now. We have had over one year of college under our belt, which is supposed to help us take on the world. However, that is not the most important part to me. The most important part to me is that I have had over one year of friendship with you, which I know can help me take on whatever comes our way.

Sarah, thank you for putting up with me, you are stuck with me now. #SorryNotSorry

Love,

Teagan

Cover Image Credit: Teagan Stanley, Sarah Reed

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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To The Friend That Says 'Text Me When You Get Home Safely'

It's more than just a salutation.

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I had a great time when we went out last night. We dressed in our best attire and danced the night away and laughed until sprite came out your nose (I won't let that slide, by the way). It was one of the best nights we had in a while. I dropped you back at your house and right before you closed the passenger door you said

"Text me when you get home safe."

I cheerfully replied that I would and drove off into the night. I had a smooth drive home and as soon as I hit my bedroom door, my tight dress came off and my flannel pants and a cotton t-shirt went on. I wiped all of my makeup off tied my hair up and hit the sheets. When I awoke, I got your message

-3:30 am "You Home?"

I had forgotten to text back

Here it is. The 11:30 am "Yes I did, did you sleep well?"

I normally go on about my day, thinking that my forgetfulness was an honest mistake. However, today hit differently.

What if I couldn't text you at all? What if I never opened your message? What if those were the last words you said to me? What if I didn't get home safe?

Reflecting on this small gesture shows exactly how much life could change in the blink of an eye. I realized to never take that text lightly and reminded my self to say the same when they depart.

Dear friend, I'm sorry I took that message for granted.

Those seven words are words of reassurance.

Those seven words are words of pure care and safety.

I'm sorry that I didn't text back leaving you in wonderment for 8 hours.

I'm so glad that last night wasn't the last night.

I will honor your sweet reminder

I am truly grateful for you.

Friends that say that shouldn't be taken for granted.

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