"Because of you I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more"

Me and my best friend have known each other for 10 years. When we first met we didn't like each other. I think, over time, we looked past our problems with each other, and starting talking like people. Once we built that friendship, we both knew we would be best friends forever. We spent the entire summer, between junior and senior year, together. There were few days that we weren't together.

In 2008, we had a falling out. Like most teenagers, of course it had to do with a boy. I went to boot camp, and after boot camp I realized I missed my best friend. I texted her, we made up, and we have talked almost every day since then. She has been there for various aspects of my life. Due to the Navy, I only went home once or twice a year; if I even made it home that year. Our friendship, to this day, is still going strong.

So, I decided to write this for her.

To my long distance best friend,

I know it's hard. I know it's hard to want to come over, and sit down, watch Disney movies, eat pizza, and talk about life. I know it's hard, when something drastic happens, that I can't be there to celebrate with you. Luckily, I was able to make it to your wedding. You looked so beautiful. I was so happy for you that day, just as I was happy when you found out you were pregnant with your first child.

I know it's hard, when something bad happens, and all you want to do is sit down and talk about it. We have been there through so much. Life, death, miscarriages, marriage, divorce, children... Through all of it you have been my rock with every single occasion. I love you for that.

You will always be my best friend. You're stuck with me, dude. I love you so much! I don't know what i would do if I didn't have you to vent to, get advice from, and to help me through everything. I know sometimes it feels like I don't care, or that I'm drifting, but just know that I am so appreciative of you.

Thank you for being you.