A Letter To My Middle School Best Friend

A Letter To My Middle School Best Friend

We all have that friend that remains in the back of our mind, no matter how far we grew apart.
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Dear old best friend,

I don’t want to call you an “ex” friend, because we didn’t “break up”, we just faded. Like photos and memories, our friendship started to disappear along with our childhood.

We may have not been best friends for all that long, but you meant the world to me. We used to spend almost all of our free time together, at your house or mine (both felt like home to each of us). The back to back sleepovers and road trips with your family brought our bond even tighter.

One of my favorite memories with you was, looking all over your house to find loose change so we could go get crazy bread from Little Ceaser’s. I mean we were digging in couch cushions, looking under carpets, checking coat pockets, and then it dawned on us...your big brother’s change jar in his room (we decided he wouldn’t miss the money if he didn’t know it was gone). And there we went, two 13-year-olds in jean shorts that were definitely too short, bikini tops still on under our t-shirts (after trying to tan on your trampoline in the summer heat, of course), strutting our stuff to Little Ceaser’s to get that greasy cheesy deliciousness paid in full for with a hunk of change (including an abundance of pennies).

You were my best friend in some of the most pivotal and tough years of my life (middle school isn’t easy for anyone). We went through awkward phases, family changes, and so much more together.

It was hard going through high school seeing you around and not feeling like we could talk, or to fight back that natural urge to just approach you and see how you’re doing. It’s a strange feeling to know so much about a person and feel like they are total stranger to you simultaneously. Still to this day, although many years have passed, sometimes I wish we weren’t strangers, or how different our lives may have turned out if we remained in one another’s.

Regardless of our state of friendship (or lack thereof), I wish you the best. I hope you are happy, healthy, and leading the life that you want to be living. Thank you for being part of my life, because in someway or another you changed it for the better.

Sincerely,

Your old friend

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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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To The Younger Brother Growing Up Too, Too Fast

You may be taller than me now, but I'll always be your bigger sister.

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Dear Austin,

I wish we could go back to the days of running around in our pj's watching Disney Channel and eating Lucky Charms until our stomachs hurt. I miss the times we use to spend playing basketball and Xbox only to watch you win at both games. Though you've always been more athletic than me, I've always been your biggest supporter and will continue to cheer you on. You're no longer the little boy obsessed with Lightning McQueen and Rey Mysterio, but now a grown man looking to achieve his dreams. I'm so unbelievably proud of you, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store.

Coming home from college fills my heart with joy. As soon as I walk through the front door, I know I can be greeted with a big bear hug and smile on your face. Our ability to pick up right where we left off is a gift I hope we never lose. Taking a break from school to watch you play soccer, even for a short time, is something I look forward to. Though you're usually busy hanging out with friends or working outside, I'll be forever grateful for the time you take to spend time with me.

Watching you grow over the years hasn't been easy.

We've been through a lot together, some circumstances harder than we could've ever imagined. But through those trials and tribulations, I've seen you grow into a handsome, strong, bold young man ready to tackle any task you're given. You inspire me to work harder and be more confident in myself.

Your growth never ceases to amaze me and in so many ways has made me proud to be your older sister.

I can't help but think about the countless memories we have together riding four-wheelers, eavesdropping on our parents, and nerf-gun fighting in the backyard. You and Amanda were always right beside me in my best childhood memories, and I can't imagine my life any differently without you two. Over the past 18 years, I've learned so much from your crazy ideas and stupid mistakes.

All of these special memories, however, have shaped us into who we are today.

As you go on to finish your last year in high school, I hope this advice will guide you to make good decisions and life choices. Always remember to be yourself and never take anything for granted. Know that you can always call me, in good times or in bad, to share your stories and troubles. Treat girls right and compliment them too. Keep up with your grades, but make time for memories with your friends. Grow strong and independent, leaning on your gut and intuition.

I wish you the best of luck as you finish this last year, but know that the best is yet to come. You will miss home, so savor every moment you have left now. Ten years down the road when we are out of college and in our own careers, I hope we can relive the moments of our childhood memories and tell our own kids how much fun we had.

I'll love you forever (not so little) bro.

Yours truly,

Ash

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