Happy Birthday To My Friends Who I Won't See on Their Birthdays

Happy Birthday To My Friends Who I Won't See on Their Birthdays

I wish I was there to celebrate with you.
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To a precious friend on their birthday,

Happy, happy birthday my dear friend. I hope your day is special and filled with frosting, sprinkles and wonderful celebrations. You deserve it. I miss you like crazy. If there was a way for me to drop what I am doing and come to see you on your birthday, I would. Sadly the cross-country travel is a little difficult at this time. If there was a way for me to pack up, even for just a day, to come and spend your birthday with you, know that I would be with you in a heartbeat.

I miss you more than you know. The late night talks with you are what kept me sane last semester. I knew that summer would be lonely without you, but I didn’t expect it to feel like this. There are so many times I expect to walk right down the hall and see you there, but you aren’t, and my brother is. Unfortunately, he doesn’t give the same hugs that you do and offer the same great advice.

And I wish that I was there for you, too. It isn’t like I am the only one with problems to face. I know that you have things going on as well, and I wish that I could be there for you to help you with them. Hopefully, you have someone at home to talk to. If not, sit down and write them to me in a letter. I will do my best to help you out in any way that I can.

Next semester we will have a true celebration for you. You deserve it for sure. I can make your favorite cake, and I will save the bowl so that you can lick the batter. One random morning you will wake up to a decorated room. I cannot tell you when — that is a part of your long-awaited birthday surprise. We can stay up late, watch a movie you like, or get dressed up and go out to dinner. You choose, it will be your (way) late birthday treat.

May God bless you on your birthday, my friend. May he shower you with his gifts and you feel his strong presence throughout your special day. I will always keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Just know that I love you so much and thank God that I have someone special like you in my life every day. He has truly blessed me by letting me have such an amazing friend like you. If you ever feel alone and think that there is no one there this summer, smile and remember how much I love and miss you and know that I am beyond blessed to have you in my life.

Love,

Your friend

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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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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.

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When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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