An Open Letter to My Best Friend

An Open Letter to My Best Friend

Now that we have gone off to college, I miss you more than ever.
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Hi,

So it’s been a week since we parted. We actually are only 20 minutes away from each other, but it is the farthest apart we've been since kindergarten. We have been through it all together. From putting bugs on our kindergarten teacher’s chair to scare her, to getting into a car accident in high school, I always knew you would be there when I needed you. You put up with my antics and even when I made you angry, you always came back. You are the only person that I am always laughing with. You are always up for an adventure or a spontaneous concert. You are also the only person I can truly be myself around.

The first class we had together after kindergarten was seventh grade English. We were friendly throughout elementary school but our friendship reached a high as soon as we hit high school. We were in homerooms next to each other and we always carpooled. On the way home from school on the first day of freshman year, you told me all about your locker problems. Two weeks after school started, you transferred high schools. I did not know anyone else at my school, and thought this was the end of the world. I know now that it was not even close. With that separation we remained closer than ever. We still did everything together.

When I finally got my license, I could not wait to go on our adventures. We went absolutely everywhere. Our summer nights consisted of trips to the local ice cream shops and bringing dinner to the beach. It never mattered if it was a school night or the night before AP exams; we were all over the place. We would drive all the way to Friendly’s in the snow just to get ice cream because all of the local shops were closed for the season. We would spend the day just wandering around and discovering the hidden gems of our hometown. We found a drawstring bridge across a marsh with trails and we would take artsy pictures. We spent one New Year’s Eve in Boston at the aquarium and ice skating. The following year we just ended up at our local fish hatchery because why not? I honestly cannot even begin to explain half of what we did.

The year before we went out separate ways flew by. We spent our senior year complaining about standardized tests and college applications. We supported each other through the process of waiting for college acceptance letters and were always willing to edit each other's college essays. We got through senior year and had an amazing time doing it, but just like that it was over. After our final adventure, you dropped me off and I went inside my house. I am just about to take a shower when I heard a knock on the door. I had turned off the outside lights and my family was asleep. I may have been a little pissed off, until I saw you back at the door. You had driven up my road in reverse because you had to say goodbye. I did forget to unlock the door, meaning I was now locked outside, but I would not have wanted our final adventure to end any other way. Now I will not see you until Thanksgiving and then Christmas break. I miss you so much and Facetime is the only thing getting me through this time apart. I plan on taking the train to visit you soon and we can adventure through Boston at all hours of the night. You are my best friend and I know that you always will be, from hide and seek to adventuring through the city. I will see you soon.


I miss you.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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