Some Things I Want to Say to Friendship

Thank God for Friendships

Literally could not have survived the hell week of papers without these uglees.

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Happiness: that word simplifies friendship. It simplifies all the boba runs, the waves of laughter, the smiles, the great joy and energy that friendship offers. Life is never meaningless, rather, it's meaningful. Having friendships taught me that. It told me that making mistakes pardon themselves because everyone's just trying to learn. It's beautiful in so many ways that I can't really describe it.

You experience friendship in several ways. They made me happier, more confident- they helped me grow into the being I looked up to when I was younger. Friendship was bold, and it helped me be bold. If my friends jumped off a cliff, of course, I'm going to jump too because why not? Why not experience the thrill, with your friends?

Let me find my truth in friendship, a truth that said that I was loved. Let me see that the values it has brought me up to feel better about myself. Let me see that it holds a truth about love: that friendship type of love that helped me find a different happiness. This different happiness has given me people and memories I could turn towards when the times get tough. When my light dimmed down, in times of academic stress, I found comfort in friendship/love- their qualities of beauty brightening up the world.

I'm not here to flex how happy I am. I'm not here to simp/think about graduating and leaving. I'm writing this partly to say "thank you, from the bottom of my heart." A genuine "thank you" doesn't even seem like enough to exhume the great magnitude of brightness and happiness I feel when I'm around the people I love.

To write all of this out means that I'm sharing an experience that shows the meaningfulness of life. People say we are a social species, and honestly, they're not wrong. Finding relief in being with friends is enough to say that we can't just walk around the planet and just exist. We live, leaving footsteps, mesmerized by the experience.

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An Open Letter To My Elementary School Best Friend

Thank you for your part in my journey.
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To this day, some of my favorite memories are the ones we made swinging on the playset or biking around the neighborhood. It seemed like we could always do whatever we set our little minds to. Not only did we get to grow up together, but we quickly became best friends. You taught me the true meaning of friendship at such a young age, and I am so thankful for that.

I'm so happy you were the one by my side for all of life's first adventures. So many big events happen in elementary school that are truly overlooked. My first crush. Your first crush. Our rock band that had a total audience of four (our parents). Many, many, many birthday parties. Intense games of four square on the playground. Riding around on our bicycles feeling like the coolest big kids in the world. Oh, and don't forget when we each entered "womanhood" but were too afraid to tell each other.

Thanks for always being a shoulder to cry on. Like that time I got my hair cut too short and was worried everyone would make fun of me. You were also my celebration partner when I got an A on those tricky mad minutes. I'll always remember our sleepovers where we stayed up all night talking about our little lives. Or the next morning when your mom would make us macaroni and cheese and we would watch TV all afternoon.

I remember always wanting to be like you. When you had posters of the Jonas Brothers hung all over your room, I suddenly developed a crush on them too. Or when you told me you didn't like Hannah Montana's best friend Lilly, I decided I didn't like her either. We were like two peas in a pod. We rode the bus to school together, had most of the same teachers, and even dressed alike on Halloween. I remember wanting to build a tunnel between our two houses, but our parents sadly said no. You can't get much more best friend-like than that.

But out of every adventure we've had, some of my favorite times with you were simply swinging back and forth on my swing set. I don't know why, but when I think of our friendship, that is what comes to mind. Our deepest talks occurred on the swings, and there is something about having your best friend by your side on a breezy night that is irreplaceable. Those are the memories I love the most.

And even though we have now gone our separate ways, our bonds in childhood are cemented. I'll forever be thankful for the fun times and deep talks we've shared. Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ask for. I'll never forget you or the memories we made.

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To My Best Friend Of 15 Years

You are my person.

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To my person,

I will never forget the first day that we met. It was the first day of preschool and my mom had just dropped me off. As I started to walk into the classroom I noticed that you were sitting alone on the floor crying. Not sure what to do, I went over to you and asked if you wanted to go play. Your face immediately lit up as we walked into the classroom and in that moment I knew that you would become my best friend. Ever since that day we've been attached by the hip and I wouldn't want it any other way.

April Roberson

Our friendship is the one true relationship that I can count on and for that I am forever grateful. This friendship of ours goes beyond our laughs and lake days. It's real. Through blood, sweat, and tears you've always been right by my side no matter what. You pick me up when I am drowning in pain. You cheer for me even when my ego is a little too high. You love me even when you should hate me. But, most importantly, you stand by me.

Our friendship is the perfect example of trust. You taught me that the right people can be trusted and will not betray you. No matter how dark the secret or how crazy the adventure, you never speak a word about me to anyone. You care about protecting my heart from the awful things in this world and when I am broken you are always there to pick up the pieces no matter how long it takes them to heal.

April Roberson

Our friendship has been a lifetime of happiness with a little bit of spunk. Not only do you encourage my crazy adventures, but you're always right by my side for each one. You keep life exciting and you make it easy. You are a true gift from God and I feel completely indebted to you for the role that you've played in my life. Our friendship is so special because it's full of our tremendous amounts of giving, sharing, and most importantly, love. There's not a day that goes by when I don't feel overwhelmingly thankful to have you by my side doing life with me.

So thank you, to my person. Thank you for always showing up for every little thing and making life so much better. Thank you for being my adventure inspiration and my lifelong travel buddy. Thank you for loving me unconditionally through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lastly, thank you for being the one person that I can forever count on in this life time. I love you with my whole heart and I wouldn't want to do life with anyone else. You are my person.

Love,

Me

April Roberson

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