To My Best Friend I Found In An Unexpected Place

To My Best Friend I Found In An Unexpected Place

"It's strange how we find the best of friends in the most unexpected people." - Aly hunter
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Dear Best Friend,

I can honestly say that I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Who knew that me popping my head in your dorm room to compliment your room would lead to us being friends, let alone lead to us being as close as we are.

We’ve only been friends for a year, but honestly, it seems like a lot longer than that. And you came at the perfect time whether you know that or not. I had just switched majors and already lost contact with a lot of the people I called my friends during my first semester of college, so I was alone. And then you were there.

To me, it felt like we had been friends for a long time from the start. I was surprised by it, but it was a good thing! I was comfortable confiding in you from the get-go which I have trouble doing when it comes to certain things.

Thank you for knowing how to deal with me when my depression hits. Thank you for reminding that there are other guys out there than the one I tend to get caught up on. Thank you for being there when I need to vent about something that happened.

Thank you for offering advice when I feel confused. Thank you for introducing me to a lot of people I can now call my friends too. Thank you for accepting my weirdness and not judging me.

Just know that I support you 100 percent in all you do. I know you’re going to do great things, and I can’t wait to see them happen for you. Both of us have changed so much this past year, and you’ve been a big part of me having more confidence. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m still proud to call you my best friend.

ilysm.

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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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To my inspiring best friend

I hope you know that just as you've always been one of my biggest supporters, I will always be one of yours.

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Dear Patience,

You are, without a doubt, the kindest person I have ever met. You are one of those people who has the remarkable ability to see the good in everyone, the potential in everything, the light in every darkness. You are someone who is just genuinely joyful, even when it's hard to be, and I admire you for that.

I've been trying to pinpoint the moment when you became one of my best friends, and I think it must have happened sometime our Junior year of high school. We had always run in similar circles, but I think we had a conversation about a book or a movie and from that point on, we were kindred spirits.

Your devotion to art, especially animation, really inspired me to fully embrace my own creativity. I had always written stories for my own enjoyment, but it wasn't until I shared some with you that I realized I wanted to be a writer for the rest of my life. Your creative opinions are more valuable to me thank you could know; that's probably why I tell you about every little idea I have.

Beyond that, though, I feel like I get to be the best version of myself when I'm your friend. I get to be kind and creative, and I never have to fear judgement. I know that if I come to you with even the saddest feeling, you'll offer some bright perspective that turns even the most oppressive obstacle into an opportunity for growth. Also, I know that I can always find a fellow fangirl in you; even if you don't like the book/show/movie as much as I do, you'll find some way to encourage my enthusiasm, and I think that's just grand.

I hope you know that just as you've always been one of my biggest supporters, I will always be one of yours.

— Ashley

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