I'm Thankful For Long-Distance Friends

I'm Thankful For Long-Distance Friends

Two high schools and five colleges could never split us apart.

Making friends when you've always gone to the same school is relatively easy. Growing up with these people, you're bound to make a friend or two along the way. Luckily, I was able to make great friends throughout my years in high school. Some of the friendships I cherish most, however, were with people I never once sat in a classroom with.

Calling them "long-distance" friends may be a tad overdramatic, but when we first met on a 6th grade AAU basketball team, our mothers still had to drive us whenever we chose to hangout. Making the 45 minute drive to each sleepover and party seemed endless, and slightly impractical. Regardless, our friendships grew, as sporadic team bonding turned into sleepovers whenever we had the chance.

The team itself was extremely difficult, and we found ourselves frustrated and upset following practices. By enduring this together, our bond strengthened. We sought one another for support, growing our trust and reliance upon one another. Even when we felt like quitting, we stayed for we couldn't bare the thought of playing with anyone else.

Since then, our small group of five has celebrated birthdays, gone on beach trips, and anticipated the next free moment we could see each other. When I quit basketball, we stayed friends. When we went into high school, we stayed friends. Finally, we each got our licenses, and our parents no longer had to make the long drive to drop us off at one another's houses

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and in this situation I found that to be the case. The longer I go without seeing them, the more I cherish the experience when we are able to find the time. We can go months apart, but as soon as we are back together it is as if no time has passed at all.

Going into college, we are once again going our separate ways. Instead of two different high schools, we will now be scattered at five completely different colleges. Although we're excited by the prospect of day trips to see one another, our ease of visitation will once again revert back to our sixth-grade parent-escorted levels. Our long distance friendship is becoming even more long distance.

Yet, I don't find the distance daunting. Wherever we may be, I will always know that basketball gave me four forever friends. We've overcome shorter distances and greater lengths of time, and we can certainly do it again. What started as teammates turned to best friends and ultimately family.

Thank you, Julie, Gabby, Taylor, and Emily. Your friendship means the world to me.

Cover Image Credit: Emily Scheuring

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.

This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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Don't Force Your Friends To Be Friends, Advice From The Girl Who's Done That Her Entire Life

We all want that Cheetah Girls girl gang where everyone is besties and loves each other equally, but it's not always realistic.


I'm a girl's girl through and through, and as long as I can remember I've always surrounded myself with big groups of my favorite girlies.

I get along with a lot of different kinds of gals, that I've learned over the years don't always get along with each other.

I have this complex where I want everyone to be friends, and if you are someone who knows me in my personal life you're probably nodding your head thinking "yeah girl, you did this to me!"

For a long time, I couldn't understand how all my favorite people couldn't see each other as amazing as I saw all of them. So I would constantly be taking all of my very different friends and throwing them into situations where everyone was together, thinking there's no way this could go wrong.

Spoiler alert: More often than not, it went wrong.

Whenever you have groups of girls together that are more than just two, you can expect some drama. I think this is why I've always found myself in the mix of all the drama, even if it's not necessarily mine, because of clashing between friends.

Everyone has their own opinion on the decisions everyone else makes and girlie girls love to gossip, so you can imagine how extreme things get when the whole friend group doesn't love each other unconditionally.

Whether it was pool parties, homecomings, birthday celebrations and even a vacation house or two when the whole gang was together, you knew you were in for a treat. And when I say "you" I actually mean me because half the time when I look back I think I'm the only one who had any fun at those things.

I was always the hostess with the mostest so I decided the guest list, and though I thought I was being super inclusive and awesome with inviting everyone, on more than one occasion it backfired.

Within the large group of friends, everyone would divide into smaller groups, so even when we were all together, the only one that felt like we were a collective unit was me. It's hard to hang out and actually have fun when, on occasion, the number of friends all together was in the double digits.

That's a lot for any girls night with your "closest" friends.

So, if you're like me and you have this need to bring people together, remember that not everyone is going to be friends, and that's okay.

I still try to do that today and it's a miracle when it works out seamlessly, but miracles do happen.

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Don't let anyone try to influence you to value one friendship over another if that's not how you really feel.

Like any relationship, friends have their ups and downs, but it's up to you to decide if its something worth fighting for.

My friends are my family, so with them willing, I will always fight for them.

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