To The Hammock That Built My Best Friendship

To The Hammock That Built My Best Friendship

I never thought an inanimate object would bring me closer with my best friend.

It was a warm night in New Jersey. My best friend and I decided to take advantage and go on an adventure of sorts. We left our rooms around midnight and walked all around campus with no reason in mind, we just wanted to leave our rooms. We walked the whole campus, but still wanted to stay outside. We were just enjoying the quietness and the fresh air, neither of us wanted it to end.

I don't typically walk around a public area at some ungodly hour of the day, but we came across a hammock. It sounds weird to an outsider in this friendship, but that hammock dignified a special bond we have. If we were bored and could go, we'd be in that hammock. If one of us were going through something, we'd be at that hammock and talk about it. Even if it was cold out. The only thing stopping us was the rain or snow (no one wants that). Sure, there are benches and like, three gazebos...and chairs with tables but we didn't want that.

Breaking down the aspects of a hammock, I think it was the realization that in those times, it was ours. Her name is Kristina and she is a fantastic person, and I've known for only a few months, but it feels like a lifetime. We share things that we wouldn't tell other people. We'd talk about our days, our professors, our peers, what we want to do this upcoming weekend, and so on. Nothing was off limits.

This article is not just about the night have we discovered the hammock, it's about making a friend, a best friend I should say. We insult each other, cry to each other, and we've seen each other at our best and worst. We've made friends and enemies together, and have been through thick and thin together. She helps me prep for interviews, and she helped me create a club on campus, and is now the Vice President. She is amazing. I've made many other friends, close friends who I would do anything in my power to help them with, but the relationship we have bounded together is very rare.

Know that I love you with all my heart. I am so happy I got to meet you, and that even though I creeped you out with my constant questions in the beginning (which I don't think where so out of the ordinary btw), you came to my room and I gave you a hug (which you hated, I now know) and we've just moved on from there.

Thank you for being there for me in times of distress, and for putting up with my shit. It has been a crazy, wonderful few months, and I am excited for the months and years to come.

Cover Image Credit: Jamie Silfen

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You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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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 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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