The Best Friendships Come When You Least Expect It

The Best Friendships Come When You Least Expect It

I'm lucky to have you as my partner in couch.

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Andi,

First and foremost, I'd like to mention how lucky I am to have found you. I know we've known of each other for years. But honestly, I was intimidated by your beauty, your genuine kindness and your love of going out (at the time). We were always friendly to one another but never hung out. If only we decided four years ago to spend one day and hang out, the rest would have been history. Life has a funny way of working out anyway because you're stuck with me for life, it just took a few years longer than I would have liked.

This won't be one of my rambles, don't worry. I just find it necessary to show my appreciation towards you and the wonderful person that you are.

You were gone for Semester at Sea and came back to live alone and become a fancy real estate agent. You came into my life at such an ideal time for the both of us. Thank you Elan Midtown for bringing us together, Since then, you have changed my life for the better. I have never found someone so similar to me in so many ways. We have such similar outlooks, humor and interests. We even speak the same. We're basically with the same boy (two different people, same personality) and I know that I could come to you for anything--our (first world) problems are pretty much the same anyway. There is this saying that opposites attract, but that's not the case for us. We're a powerful force, you and I. (and Drewby of course).

It is rare to know someone for a few months but have it feel like we have known each other for years. Fortunately, that is that case for us. I believe that is something so special. I purposely scheduled an extended trip back to move out of my apartment in Charleston so that I could have extra time with you. I came into college with a group of friends my freshman year. I left college with less than five incredibly close friends and I wouldn't change a thing.

Some of my favorite times in college were laying horizontal next to you on my couch, watching crime and cult shows and not moving for hours. And of course our late night Benny runs, eating pizza bigger than our faces and wondering "who's stomach made noise this time". I will always be here to listen, your shoulder to cry on and your fellow schemer. You're the only Fortnite gamer I will always be willing to tolerate.

You don't judge me for my crazy and you show me what it takes to be a giving, genuine, caring and happy person. I have never met someone who brings so much light into a room in an instant. As soon as someone meets you, Ands, you make them feel special and most importantly, comfortable. You are so easy to talk to and such an incredible confidant. I would be crushed if I didn't have you in my life. Thank you for being my angel sent from heaven above, I don't know what I would do without you.

Ps. My mother now has to cheers at every meal because of you. Your amazing personality never stops leaving a mark.

I love you with my whole heart

*Cheers*

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.

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My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.


The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.


There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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