To My High School Friends Who Will Always Hold A Special Place In My Heart

To My High School Friends Who Will Always Hold A Special Place In My Heart

The best thing I got out of high school was lifelong friends.
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Without you I am honestly not sure how I would have survived the hell that high school can be. So first of all, thank you for everything you have done for me. From buying me chocolate milk when I was having an awful day to helping me pick out the perfect senior prom dress, we have been through everything together. You have stuck with me through thick and thin and cannot express how appreciative I am. You saw me at my most awkward and embarrassing moments, but you were also there and supported me during my best moments. While we may have gotten into some stupid fights back then, we would always resolve the problem no matter what.

I am also so happy that I had the privilege of growing up with you. It is so crazy to look back and see where we started and to look at all the accomplishments we have achieved since then. Because of you, when I think back to high school I think of all of the wonderful memories we made together. I am so grateful that I had you as my go-to during hard times to cheer me up.

But most of all, I am lucky enough to know about all of your embarrassing crushes from over the years and still tease you about them! I also know about all of your awkward high school stories that you wish could be buried forever. Unfortunately, you also know all of mine too and never forget to bring them up. We have so many inside jokes with each other sometimes we can't even remember how they started.

When we were freshmen we thought picking classes was the biggest decision of our lives. We had to make sure we were in the same study hall and had the same lunch hour of course! When it came to our junior and senior year, we started to realized we had bigger decisions to make. It was difficult knowing we would soon leave each other to go off to college, but I knew we could withstand the distance. I am so thankful for your texts and FaceTimes. I love when you call just to check up on me or to catch me up on your life, you have no idea!

Even though we have been graduated for three years now, I am so lucky to still have you as my friends. While I have made new friends at college, you will always hold the most special place in my heart. No one else knows me or understand stands me as well as you do. I cannot thank you enough for being the best friend I could ever ask for. No matter how long we will go without seeing each other, how busy we get, or how far we may travel apart, I always know I will have you by my side. Thank you for everything you have done for me and I love you so much!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Shoutout To My Parents For Giving Me My Best Friend In The Form Of A Younger Brother

He's not as bad as I first anticipated.

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This is a story about my best friend.

I was lucky enough to have a built-in bestie from the day he came home with my parents and I immediately questioned who they stole the "creature" from.

My brother's name is Andrew and he and I have always had a catty but close relationship, which has developed into something I wouldn't trade for the world.

When we were younger we were the most jocular kids you could find and spent our days running around with our school friends shooting each other with nerf guns, hiding in every corner to leap out and give the other a heart attack.

We would hang out for hours until someone antagonized the other (Andrew was always the trouble maker) and yelled for our mom to intervene, or took out our ager by practicing our yellow belt karate skills on each other until our fake punches got to be too much and we would die laughing.

I never realized how special my relationship with my brother was until I heard how my friends talked out their siblings. My friends would endlessly complain about how much they hated their brother or sister and wished they were never born; and me, being who I am, would be shocked that they used the h-word, and tell them that they must still love them which they would relentlessly deny.

Seeing these failing relationships taught me to cherish what my brother and I have, and that is honestly the most important responsibility, and gift, I could've ever been given.

Looking back, the best childhood memories I have include him, and I wouldn't have it any other way. From founding the science club (his closet that we would do experiments in, and give our friends golf balls with their name on it as a key), to sledding down a three-foot hill in our neighbor's backyard for hours, to surfing and boogie boarding until we turned to prunes, to the endless games of HORSE we played (I don't understand how I'm still terrible at basketball), he's been with me.

Since then, our relationship has blossomed into much more than snow wrestling and movie binging; now as an adult, coming home from college is the most stress relieving and exciting time, because I know I get to hang out with my brother and talk about the most obscure things until he makes me get out of his room (because teenage angst, you know!!).

Thankfully, the required familial love has turned into a never-ending love for my best friend and little brother, and I can't wait to keep growing up side by side and to see what the world has in store for us.


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