Dear Best Friend, Upon Summer Commencing

Dear Best Friend, Upon Summer Commencing

There isn't any WiFi in the woods but we found a better connection.
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We met at summer camp four years ago. We were only campers and now we both work there. When we met, I didn't expect us to come this far and become best friends; I didn't think you were going to become a part of my life. I thought that we were just going to be camp friends and that we weren't going to see or talk to each other all year and then when summer and camp comes, we will talk.

That's how it was when we met. We didn't talk throughout the year and then the second summer came and you were in my cabin again. This time it was different; we became closer friends. That summer I knew that we weren't just going to be camp friends but best friends.

After that summer, we actually talked during the year and we even hung out. We didn't hang out a lot, because we lived in two different cities and we went to two different schools, but we did text a lot.

Every time summer came, we got closer and we tried our best to maintain that relationship outside of camp. We didn't have to see each other every day to know that we had each other's back and we still do today.

This summer we're working together again and I honestly have to thank you for that.

I had been going to this camp since I was six and while I went there every summer, I have seen four different camp directors come and go. I left summer 2015 with a job offer at camp and then the camp director that offered me that job left. I had to get a job at the camp I'd been going to forever with a camp director that didn't know me, and I didn't get the job.

I thought that my life at camp was over. I wasn't going to volunteer there and I wasn't planning on trying to work there again. But you made me volunteer. Every day you asked me if I had emailed the camp director; you asked me so much that I did it so you would stop asking me. I ended up going to camp to volunteer for a week and ended up getting the job that I originally applied for and because of that, I'm happy to call you my best friend, because if you hadn't made me email the camp director, I probably wouldn't be working there this summer.

This summer is going to be one for the books. Even though we're going to be at camp, we can still go on adventures like when we go to Walmart. We can make each other friendship bracelets and walk around singing along to our favorite songs.

I can't wait to spend most of the summer with you laughing and doing crazy things that will make us look like fools and for the late night pow-wows, we're going to have. We're going to make a million memories to look back on, ten thousand inside jokes to laugh at later, and keep each other sane. We might not be sisters by blood, but we are sisters by heart and that's still something.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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A Goodbye To My Closest Friends

Leaving the girls who have always been by my side

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The moment we've been dreading but also been counting down for all our lives

The time is here, it's time to say goodbye


All going separate ways, finding our own path

Our time here will soon be in the past

Pursuing degrees to be turned into jobs

Hopefully you will still have time to call


"Face time me every night" we say

"We can't lose touch, okay?!"


Thank you technology

It's like my best friends can still be with me

There are hundreds of miles between us

The adjustment is going to be tough

No longer within 5 minutes of each other

Who would've thought we'd ever been further?

A sad goodbye that will turn into the time of our lives


But for now, everyone cries

Packing up the car, getting ready for the trip

Say goodbye to our state, we will all miss

Time to move to our new homes

We will no longer be so close

But nothing can loosen our bond


Our winter and spring breaks better correspond

I'll be dying to see you

I'll miss you so much, you have no clue


Of course, at college we'll make new friends

But best friends forever means this friendship won't ever end


Thank you for all the laughs, time with you was never dull

Thinking about all our memories, my heart is full

I still want to hear every detail of your life even though I will no longer experience it beside you

Thinking about being away from you for months just doesn't feel true

The first couple weeks will be hard

Pictures of us hung in my dorm, you'll always be in my heart

It's time to go find ourselves


Go do things, go on adventures, have stories to tell

I love you best friend

and I will love you until time ends

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