Dear Best Friend, Thank You For Being A Blessing In Disguise

Dear Best Friend, Thank You For Being A Blessing In Disguise

You mean the world to me

Who knew talking about boys would lead to something good for once?

I've had many friends throughout my life who I thought would stick with me through everything; although most of them have drifted away I finally found you. Someone that's got my back even when I'm not making the wisest choices. We've bumped heads here and there over materialistic things but came back to our senses eventually. We can talk to each other without being embarrassed even things you question to even bring up to anyone; yet you lack judgment you help me improve myself for the better. Thank you for that.

We met in 9th grade; I was a terrified student longing to have more friends so I could feel like I "fit" in. After I met you I felt like I actually had someone to like me for who I was. All throughout high school we did everything together; we auditioned for the musical together, played sports, went to church, Campus Life, school dances, parties, camping trips and drama class (who knew we could be dramatic right?).

I'm so fortunate to have a shoulder to cry on when I need it the most; and when I ask you to listen, you actually listen, unlike others that tell me I need to move on or get over it. You give me the best advice on situations and I wouldn't be the person I am today without you.

Tenth-grade year you got me through my first real break up.. and well the rest of them. You've given me such high spirits when I didn't think I deserved to be happy; you've taught me to not let anyone walk all over me and make me feel like I'm anything less of what I really am.

You've given me so much strength and dignity for myself and I could never thank you enough for the endless support and love you give me. I appreciate it, and I appreciate you.

Even when we're far away we always keep in touch; when you went away to college my heart was completely shattered to hear that you'd be going 75 miles away from me but at the same time I was extremely proud for following your dreams. I was worried our friendship would end like past friendships when we've separated; nevertheless, when you came back it was like you had never left. We instantly went back to our old routines; spending any time we could together. That's when I knew our bond was inseparable.

Thank you for teaching me to appreciate life how it is from spontaneous trips driving in the car singing at the top of our lungs when One Direction or Ariana Grande comes on to doing photo shoots and sleepovers at papa's house. Thank you for treating my family like your own and letting me share yours. Thank you for making the past five years some of the best years of my life. Thank you for starting and ending high school with me. Most important thank you for being you.

Stay sassy!

Love you forever Clark.


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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Open Letter To My Childhood Best Friend

To Molly Zucker, I hope this article makes everyone surrounding you hear your obnoxious, priceless laugh.


Dear childhood best friend,

When I look back on my childhood, there is only one person who reminds me of home: you. After moving out of state and time passing on, it's easy to forget where you came from and parts of your childhood. However, the minute I see your face and hear your goofy laugh, the feeling of home returns. You bring out the fun and young in me because let's be honest, you turned out to be the adventurous spontaneous one and I'm just a boring nerd in Organic Chemistry. No one can make my pure childhood laughs come out or make me feel as free-spirited and lively as much as you do.

Lexi Garber

We used to ride our bikes around town, eat salt and vinegar chips until our tongues burned, and do each other's makeup and nails. We would go to the mall and dress ourselves in this horrendous outfits, but ones that we actually thought were cute at the time (Why did you let me wear half of the stuff I did?) We wrote each other cards during Recess and talked about how much we would gossip on our Friday night sleepovers. I could recognize your cupcake vanilla perfume scent from a mile away, even from this day and when I do smell it, it brings back such a warm and comforting familiar feeling.

Lexi Garber

We would talk about what our future would be like, how fun high school would be and what it would be like if we went to the same college. I didn't know that I would move before all of that but little did I know we would remain best friends and talk every day still to this day. Although there are moments where it hurts me that I didn't get to watch you grow out of your crazy, middle school self and into this beautiful and amazing girl, I know one day we will be close in distance again. We still talk about our future like we know what's going to happen and hopefully, we will live together in NYC one day, like we've always talked about. Who knows where we will both end up, but no matter how far we are in distance, we will always be close at heart.

Lexi Garber

The best part of being long distance best friends is that when our other friends annoy us, we can randomly Facetime each other at any time for a quick laugh and a reminder of how sacred our special bond is. We get to plan trips to see each other and show each other what has changed in our lives, but there is one thing that will never change: our friendship. So here's to you being my maid of honor, crazy aunt for my future kids, my soulmate, best friend and partner in crime. You bring out the happiness and best in me and I will love you always and forever.


Your childhood best friend

Lexi Garber

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