An Open Letter To My Friend In The Navy

An Open Letter To My Friend In The Navy

"Come home soon. Write me when you can. I'll be waiting for you."

I watched a documentary in one of my classes about video games (of all things), and I thought of you. We were learning about Call of Duty and how it makes people believe they are in a constant state of war. It makes people believe they are soldiers.

I know it sounds silly, but I thought of you. I know you’re still training, and you aren’t in immediate danger. We all know where you are to send you mail. You’re able to text me back every now and then.

But still, it made me remember that you are not just away at another school. You’re not 15 minutes away like you used to be. You’re now so much more of an adult than I am, even though you’re only a couple months older than me.

Now all I’m thinking about are our memories, because it feels like forever since I’ve seen you. The first time we met, you called me stupid because I was reading one of the Twilight books. I don’t remember which one because you were right- I was stupid. From that moment on, we challenged each other. We were friendly, but we were different than other girls, somehow. We were there for each other at the most random moments. We didn’t try and be friends, but we were.

You were randomly there the same day I auditioned for that arts school we both thought we were so ready for. Neither of us got in, and one of our first moments of high school was bonding over how much we hated our high school. Our friendship became stronger.

We went through countless days of struggling through classes and auditions and shows. And god, did we struggle sometimes. You and I were friends with the same people, and I’m not ashamed to say I tagged along with you because it was safe and comfortable even when I didn’t get along with the same people. When we got dropped from that group, we formed our own, eventually. But we parted. We didn’t think about each other.

Yet we came back together. We went through our first jobs, our first year of college, our first loves. Both of us needed something from the other, but there was no demanding. You didn’t tell me you needed me to babysit you sometimes. I didn’t say I wanted to have fun and stop thinking about school all the time. We, in short, learned how to be independent...together.

Our conflicts went from big-scale fights to solving themselves in 10 minutes with some curse words, a huff of silence, and the two of us finding common ground afterwards to forget we had fought at all.

I’ve missed you a lot more than I can convey in any letter. The last time I saw you, like really saw you, was in January. I went to the gym with you at 6 a.m. because you wanted to get one last workout in before you left. You were so nervous you wouldn’t make it, that you’d get sent home because you couldn’t run 1.5 miles in 18 minutes. I couldn’t help but stare at you in awe; you didn’t even know what a role model you were to me, panting and sweating and freaking out because your dream was to be the best.

You didn’t know you already were. I wanted to spend any time I could with you. I asked questions I don’t remember the answers to. I hugged you too much and screamed too loud and wanted to roll the windows down every time we drove anywhere the last week to blast music and make memories and laugh.

I got excited any time I saw a letter from you in the mailbox, every envelope a performance of me running to grab the mail and sprinting back to read it to all our friends (and anyone else who would listen). I was Charlie Bucket with a golden ticket.

You’ll never understand how proud of you I am. I know I’m not your mom, but I feel like I’m watching you grow into someone I’ve never met, though I’m so excited to get to know her. She has a new snake tattoo and she has shorter hair and she looks like the same Instagram model I know and love. I’m really excited about this.

Come home soon. Write to me when you can. We’ll all be waiting, and you can bet I’m going to tackle you and tell you everything and show you all the videos and photos I’ve been collecting.

Cover Image Credit: Abbie Hunter

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Johns Creek International Festival Showed That It Should Happen Every Year Across The Nation

The two parts of our community are unity and diversity and the Johns Creek International Festival showed both with flying colors!

Diversity, unity and equality are three traits that are very prominent in the community we all live in. These traits help signify who we all are as individuals and groups of people and they determine how we act towards other people. This year, here in Johns Creek, Georgia there was an International Festival on April 21, and it had everything planned to perfection.

There were tents from local restaurants and companies, live music from performers by locals and so much more to enjoy. This was the very first annual festival that happened here, and it showed me that a festival like this should happen everywhere nationwide because of the number of people who come out and enjoy seeing other cultures.

Other cultures are sometimes hard to come by depending on the community you live in, but at this festival, there were cultures from all over the place. There were performances from China to India to even American Rock. All the performances were once in a lifetime because the performers were nothing less.

In addition to all of these professional performances, there were also performances from local schools. These include the River Trail Yo-Yo club and the Taylor Road Middle School Jazz Band. There were even Northview High School performances that killed it on stage.

These types of performances were from different parts of the world which made me realize that the rest of the world has performances just as cool and amazing as ours, but we do not see them much.

The only thing that was amazing was not only the performances, of course, but also the plethora of food trucks that were present throughout the festival. These food trucks were from all over the world as well, from Mexican to Indian to even food from Honduras! There was even rolled ice cream which I must say was to die for.

Now do not get me wrong; there were other things there besides food and performances like the tents. There were rows of tents selling their beauties from around the world. There were also tents that were playing games that are native to their motherland like at the India tent, there were people playing cricket. Lastly, there was a kids' tent that was doing crafts from all around the world, like an African face mask.

These are only a few of the fascinations that were present at this one of a kind festival, but even with these few things, thousands of people came out and supported and enjoyed the day. I know I learned a lot and I hope to see another one soon and somewhere around the nation because let us be honest, we do not know much about other cultures, and this is a fun way to learn about them. It is a step in the diverse and unified direction!

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