15 Nov To the ones I Love
I met my best friend when we were 12 years old. She started off just being my sister’s friend, but as she hung out with my sister more and more she began to grow on me too. By the time our sixth grade year came to a close, I considered her to be one of my close mates. Over the years she has become like a sister to me. We may have different parents, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that family doesn’t just have to be someone that you share your DNA with. She’s as much my sister as my biological sister is to me. I would do anything for her, and I know that she would do anything for me.
One of the reasons I love our friendship so much is that we can talk about serious issues, but we also can just come together and have some fun. On Wednesday night, for example, we went to the movies together. Now clearly we couldn’t talk very much when the actual movie was going on, but we talked a lot before it took place. We got there early so we could just chat and catch up, and one of the many topics that happened to come up was how she’s a horrible texter.
When I decided that I wanted to go to the movies, I texted her to see if she wanted to come with me. But when I opened up the thread with her name on it, I noticed that she hadn’t ever responded to a message that I sent two weeks prior. This is completely normal behavior for her. It’s definitely not uncommon for me to send her a message only to get a response days later. Even though she knows that her texting skills are less than ideal, I still decided to tell her what I had discovered when I texted her about coming with me to the theater. After I revealed this bit of information to her, she apologized for being a bad texter. We laughed about it, and she went on to say that I put up with a lot of her less than favorable habits. On top of being a bad texter, we also discussed how she’s habitually late. I learned years ago that I need to tell her to be ready thirty minutes before I actually want to leave in order for us to leave on time. Take Wednesday for instance. I told her to be at my place at 5:00, but I had no intention of leaving until 5:30. We ended up leaving at about 5:15 which was better than I had expected, so I was happy. She eventually apologized for being late all the time as well. She thanked me for putting up with her, and I said that I wouldn’t be willing to put up with all of her annoying quirks if I didn’t care about her as much as I did. If I didn’t love her, I would’ve kicked her to the curb a long time ago. But since we’ve been together as long as we have, I don’t see myself cutting her off anytime soon.
Even though our conversation started off with me nitpicking over her traits that get on my nerves, it ended up with both of us telling the other about how much we appreciate each other. I feel like a lot of times in life we take people for granted. My friend and I have been friends for so long I just assume that she’s always going to be there, but that’s not necessarily the case. Things happen all of the time that are out of our control, and when these bad moments do come, they might end up taking some casualties along for the ride with them. That’s why it’s so important for us to tell the people that we love that we love them. Our loved ones aren’t always going to be around, so we have to make sure that we show them how much we love them while they’re here. Make an effort today to tell someone that you love them positive thinker. Show them that you care. Tomorrow isn’t promised for any of us, so tell somebody that you care today.