When I moved town just at the start of third grade, seven years ago, I learned one of the most precious lessons I've learned this far. I learned that friendships could come in any shape and size - and that there are some of them that will never be diminished by distance or time.
This girl proved it to me. For as long as I can recall we were living across the street, we were in the same school, same class, and as if that wasn't enough we were spending every afternoon, weekend, holiday, together. And to be honest, it was completely awesome. We were always so close, and we got so close.
I remember ever so clearly how I was bawling my eyes out when you disappeared around the corner as we drove away. There were so many reasons to cry. Because being best friends meant being inseparable - right? Hanging out every break time in school, sitting together at lunch? How could we be best friends from 2 hours away?
Distance is frightening. We fear change. We don't know whether we'll be missed, forgotten, or maybe even replaced. I tried so hard to keep every friend after moving, sending letters and emails, phoning, skypeing. I barely bothered to make any new friends.
Eventually I realised, people will come and go, and that I had to let go. And I, naturally, lost contact with a lot of people, but somehow, we never changed. Over the past seven years there have been weeks, maybe even months, without talking. At most even a year between seeing each other. But for me it's like we never left each other's side. In fact, I feel like we are closer than ever right now - despite being physically further away than ever. That, I think, is the most beautiful thing, having a friendship beyond being physically with each other. You have conquered a very special place in my heart and it can, and will, never be replaced by anyone (and also because I would have to change my bank security question..)
You know that thing people do when they write down three things they are grateful for every evening, I attempted doing that once and you were on the list everyday. Despite knowing our friendship will last forever I will never take it for granted. I am so lucky to have such an inspiring, clever, and FABULOUS best friend.
So this time I never doubted our friendship because I know now, that a strong friendship isn't about being inseparable, but overwinning the battle of being separated. Happy birthday to my best friend! Party crazy and get those club memberships ;) Jag älskar dig