Re: A Thank You To My First College Friend

Re: A Thank You To My First College Friend

Let's be honest, this is long overdue.
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Although, if we’re being honest, you weren’t actually the first. But you were the ‘first’ first; does that make sense?

And while we are being honest, let me first admit what you’ve probably learned after spending our waking hours together this past year of college; I’m not good with words, I’m not good at feelings, I’m not good at keeping in contact - heck I'm not good at even making friends - the latter is just too much work if you ask me. But I digress, and will say that above all the things I’m not and probably will never be good at, that I am better at written word. Give me a keyboard or a pen and I will give you everything else I couldn't give or tell you in person.

Which in this case, is a thank you.

Thank you for being open (and patient) enough to deal with that first awkward ice breaker, tentative hi, rant, bus ride, heck - thank you for surviving not only orientation but also surviving me. It was a whirlwind of days full of chaotic but organized activities, and somehow in between those tentative smiles and repressed I-want-to-go-home chatter, you found the time to also deal with me.

Thank you for being there and trusting, and going above and beyond my expectations of what it is to be a friend. You aren't the first to show me that there are those who will be and do more than what is enough, and most likely you won't be the last - but what you are is one of the few, maybe handful, of people I’ve met and have yet to meet to show me that hey, opening up isn't so bad. Making friends is sometimes worth the trouble.

Kidding.

(Well, not really.)

Anyway, thank you. I can't write it out or express it enough. You’ve endured the stressed, coffee-and-sleep-deprived me, and have somehow found yourself stuck (hopefully willingly) with someone like me. (You’ve repressed any expression hinting that you regret our friendship thus far, so I’m assuming willingly for both sanity’s sake and the theme of this article).

That comment aside, we've mourned over grades together, stressed out together, churned out trash essays together, given up together...essentially - we’ve seen a lot of our worst together and somehow have managed to be nonplussed by the other’s levels of hot mess-ness.

So thank you, thank you, thank you.

Crossing bridges is hard, moving off to college is never anything less than monumental and difficult, but if it means meeting more people like you, (only like though, you’re one of a kind, of course), then I’m all for it. You have become one of my tethers, anchors, stones, etcetera to this mad, mad, world and I could have not found a better and more responsible half in this new stage of life.

Sorry for the overdue fluffy speech and cheers and good luck to us braving the next few semesters and endless years together.

(PS. When you read this, I promise I will warn you the next time I decide to become sentimental so you can be prepared and not think this was forced and something is wrong with me.

PS...S. Congratulations on your newest milestone, you adult.)

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Being The Last Friend To Turn 21 Isn't ALL Bad

All your friends have turned 21, but that is okay

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You may think being the last one out of your friend group to turn twenty-one is the worst thing in the world, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be. One of the biggest perks is that everyone of your friends can go out to the bars with you on your birthday. All the people who turn twenty-one first have to wait for people to be able to go out with them, but you get to celebrate your birthday with all of your friends.

Another huge reason you should feel okay with being last to turn twenty-one is thinking about all the money you are saving. The bars are expensive. When you don't go to the bars you are saving so much money because an average bar drink is about seven dollars. This being said seven dollars multiple times a night, multiple nights a week really adds up, so you are going to have to budget your money better.

You don't have to be the one to buy alcohol for everyone else. Having a ton of people ask you to buy them alcohol must get annoying at a point, and if you're the youngest out of your friends, no one will be asking you to do liquor store runs for them because they can all go already for themselves.

The biggest reason is that you can enjoy being young. You should still continue to enjoy going to house parties and just being able to hang out with friends without having to go to the bars. Spend these months before you turn twenty-one just being able to enjoy life without feeling obligated to go out to the bars all the time. You have a great excuse when you don't want to drink on a weekday to just stay in. This being said it will be your turn to turn twenty-one soon.

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