Dear Best Friend,

Our friendship has stood the test of time. We have shared tears, laughter, and a special kind of love different than the acquaintances and fair-weather friends that have passed by throughout the years.

You are the person that I call when I’m most in need. When I doubt myself, when I feel as though I could crumble to the floor – I know you are there to pick me back up again. Even at my worst, you see me at my best. Few people in this world hang around when the going gets tough. An even fewer bunch would put up with my sass, my temper, and my anxiety over menial things and still let me call them my best friend.

You are extraordinary to me in ways you could never even truly comprehend. You are the one I can count on to help me find my phone when it is in my hand. The one who edits my class essays and my angry text messages to boys. The one who continuously builds me back up when the rest of the world tears me down. You are the only one who can do this job so do not take it lightly. It takes years, a lot of stress, and countless tubs of cookie dough to get to this point in a friendship. The point in which not even the greatest of catastrophes can break our bond. You know my heart inside and out; a skill that is learned through experience, not overnight.

You may have sisters of your own - you know, those biological ones who are the true definition of unconditional love. The ones you won’t grow apart from, the ones that will never be too far away because Mom won’t allow it. But, you should know as well, that in my heart, you will always have a similar seat on a pedestal. You can’t choose who you are related to, but you can choose who has the biggest impact on your life. And I am eternally grateful that you chose me, and I chose you.

So, my beautiful friend, I make you this promise: that no matter what the distance, what the hurt we may cause each other, or what the circumstances may be, I will always find my way back to you. I will always be your sister at heart and you will always be mine. Friendships like these come around once in a lifetime, and I do not plan on missing out. I will always keep our friendship necklaces, our comic strips and cartoons we doodled in tenth grade, and our secrets. I will always be by your side, even if it is not physically. Because I know you would do it for me.

True friendships do not stem from broken promises and they certainly do not end if we do not talk every day. I vow to be there for you in all of life’s turmoil’s, even if you are not there for me. Even if we move to different states, different area codes, different time zones – my love and appreciation for you will not waiver. I will forever be proud to call you my best friend and the sister of my heart.

So, to the person I can call at three o’clock in the morning when my heart is aching, the person that pushes me to finish my English paper when all I want to do is lay in bed and watch Grey’s Anatomy; to the person who will tell me the truth about my bright red lipstick I bought on a whim, and the person who calls me up just to say they love me, I say thank you. For you have taught me what it is to truly be a friend and so much more. You have filled my life with so much joy, and I hope my daughter is one day blessed with a friend like you.

With love,

Your Sister-Friend