7 Thank Yous I Owe My Best Friends Back Home

7 Thank Yous I Owe My Best Friends Back Home

Here's to infinity with you by my side.
“People say you don't know what you've got until it’s gone."

To my high school and childhood best friends,

Someone once said, "You don't know what you've got until it's gone," and sadly we've all learned this lesson the hard way since separating this past August. As my time in college has gone by, I have begun to realize how lucky I was to become best friends with all of you and to have been since the beginning.

I realize this letter is long overdue so I think it's finally necessary that I take the time now to thank you. Thank you for everything you have provided me in the last eight years of our friendship. Thank you for what's to come because I know this is just the beginning of our journey together.

Thank you to our wonderful mothers.

Without our mothers driving us around, allowing our countless sleepovers and trusting us when trick o' treating and at high school parties, our moms have not only approved but encouraged the beginning of our friendships. Without their hard work, loving and giving charismatic ways, we wouldn't be as close as we are now. They've all seen us through the laughs, the tears, and they never failed to always order half buffalo chicken, half pepperoni pizza for every occasion. Through the craziness of it all, we owe it to them for letting twelve-year-old girls start a friendship that would last a lifetime. Without them, I wouldn't have my future bridesmaids.

So here's a thank you to our mom's; safe to say I have an extra few moms who will always treat me as if I were their own. And that, to me, is extremely special to find.

Thank you for being my friend during my awkward teenage years of middle school.

If it wasn't for giving that circle glasses looking, brace face talking, and juicy couture sweatpants wearing girl a chance, I wouldn't have found all you wonderful people in my life. We survived from the dramas of the sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade all the way to dancing the night away at prom and lastly tearing up at graduation together. I could not imagine what those experiences would be like without the memories of you guys. Not many people can say they've known their best friends back home since the beginning, and I am so very thankful for that.

Thank you for being my biggest support system.

Whether it's a small reward or an insanely huge accomplishment, you guys have been the cheerleaders of a lifetime. You always supported me through the good and the bad. You all never gave up on me and continued to support me through everything I've ever gone through in my life. Your unconditional love and support have helped me through some of the hardest moments of my life. Without your help, I'm not sure that I could've been as successful or as strong as I am today. I definitely know I wouldn't have survived high school without you guys, and if it wasn't for our group chat, I would be nowhere without you guys in college as well.

Thank you for being my own personal therapist.

Our crying/venting sessions over the past few years have gotten me through some seriously tough times. You always knew what to say and have never judged me for my decisions. All you do is guide me in the best way possible.

Whether we're talking about how yet another ex-ex-ex boyfriend, or how we'd rather just drop out of school and work at our favorite place, Taco Bell, because the academic life is too tough and we'd get discounts on crunch wrap supremes, we somehow always manage to deal with each other, and especially when we need each other the most.

Without you guys, I wouldn't have been able to be strong for myself. You have helped me when I couldn't even help myself. You are the reason I am standing strong today. I have the utmost respect for the dedicated time you have taken out of your lives to forever be there for me no matter the time or how far away we are from each other.

Thank you for making home a place I never want to leave.

Leaving for college broke all of our hearts. We had to go from seeing each other every day to seeing each other make all new friends. That was tough. But at the end of the day, I always know I'll have you all there for me. When everyone on campus is sad that they have to leave for a break, I'm the only one who is excited.

I come home to the most amazing people and it's as if we had been seeing each other every day all along. You are all one of a kind, and I am so blessed to associate you with the most amazing place of all: home.

Thank you for always loving me for exactly who I am.

I can be crazy, stubborn, and downright dramatic, but despite all my flaws and imperfections, you still manage to love and accept me for me. There are days I wonder when you’ll finally come to your senses and move on and find a new best friend; one who isn’t so complicated, but to my amazement, you never do. You tell me you’ll take the good with the bad, and when I question whether I have any good left, you’re always there to reassure me and show me that I do. Thank you for loving me in my sad, awkward and embarrassment-filled moments — moments where if the rest of the world saw them, they’d probably walk away.

Thank you for understanding me like no one else does; if we didn’t have the connection we did, I can’t imagine how lonely and big this world would feel to me. It's only because of you guys that this world seems like a friendlier place; one I can see myself being a part of.

Thank you for never failing to make me beyond happy.

The only time I have ever felt complete bliss was when I've spent my moments with you guys. You make me feel like I can accomplish and be anything I want. You make me believe that dreams are possible. You make me see the good in this crazy, corrupt, evil world. Despite the bad that has consumed me, you still manage to always see the good. You make me feel happy, which is hard to do nowadays. So, I will forever thank you for making me feel like I can fly when all I thought I was capable of doing was drowning.

I could basically go on for hours talking about how thankful I am that you're in my life. I know that college is only four years and that after this is over we'll be back to seeing each other basically every day. I can't wait for the days where we can go to each other's weddings and give toasts to the beautiful brides that we'll become. I can't wait for the days that our kids grow up together and become best friends just like we did. I can't wait for the day that we grow old together and are the delinquents at the nursing home ramming into each other in our wheelchairs and taking shots during bingo.

I can't wait for our future because our friendship has only just begun. The future is all ours, and I can’t wait to see what we do. We are going to do great things and are going to have even better stories to tell when we all come back together one last time.

So here's to you. Because without you, I wouldn't even be close to who I am today.

Lastly, here's to infinity with you by my side.

Love always,

Your forever best friend

Cover Image Credit: Katherine Campbell

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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To My Long-Distance Best Friend, We Might Be 7,811 Miles Apart, But Our Friendship Only Gets Stronger

It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.


To my best friend,

It has been 270 days since I last met you and 206 more days until I meet you again. People say that time flies by quickly, but these have been the most difficult days that seemed to drag on forever. Five years ago when you were sitting next to me on the first day of our sociology class, I had no idea we would end up being best friends. From sharing my mother's parathas during lunch breaks to the countless sleepovers, I will never forget all the memories we created throughout high school.

I vividly remember the day I told you I would be studying abroad. You were so happy and proud of me for pursuing my dreams but also upset that we wouldn't be seeing each other every now and then. I was worried if our friendship would even last. But we have spent almost two years away from each other and our friendship only seems to get stronger.

I'm so grateful to technology for allowing us to be in touch all the time. My day doesn't feel complete if I do not receive a text from you. I know we do not video call often because of how busy our schedules are (another reason being time zones suck and I cannot do the math), but always know that I am there for you. It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

We have both had some terrible friendship experiences in our past before we met each other that have completely broken our faith in friendships. But know that you can always count on me and that I will never leave your side. Know that I will always set an alarm early in the morning just to video call you. Know that I will always be there for you (even if I'm not physically present around you). Know that you will always be the first person I share everything with.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Thank you for encouraging me to make new friends at college. Thank you for always being there during my failures and reminding me that it's not the end of the world and that more opportunities will come my way. Thank you for being there during my successes and being my number one cheerleader. Thank you for always reminding me to love myself. You not only have a special place in my heart but also have a special place in my family. My mother and sister are not only glad that I have a best friend like you but also adore you so much. It is impossible to imagine a life without you.

I cannot wait for more butter chicken sleepover dates in December!

Lots of love,

Your best friend.

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