Childhood friendships can be rare. Children grow up, tastes change, people move away. Keeping in touch can be a huge challenge depending on the other’s schedule, career or just flat out terrible excuses. I’ve always tried to surround myself with positive people; distancing myself from people who don’t me make feel good about myself. Mostly, I’ve been lucky in that I seem to attract good people, but that’s not to say that I’ve experienced trial and error with friendships. There are some friendships that have fallen through the cracks that I wish I could get back. A lot of it is because people just grow apart, or stupid arguments/disagreements explode into shards of glass that cut too deep. But sometimes, if you’re lucky, you make friendships that last forever. Sometimes, you make friendships where you could be thousands of miles away and pick up right where you left off months or even years later after you both reunite. Sometimes, you make friendships that revolve around pure love and understanding. For me, that person is Jessica.
The above picture is spliced–the picture on the right is from sometime in high school, and the picture on the left was taken around 8 years later in the exact same location. We go way, way, way back. In fact, I can hardly believe how much time has passed. A lot has changed, but we’ve managed to remain such great friends even after everything that has happened around us. We try to set aside some time every now and then to catch up on the phone, and those have quickly become some of my favorite moments.
I think the best memory I have of Jessica was senior year in high school. Florida had just been hit by a pretty severe hurricane and school was cancelled. I can’t remember exactly how many days we were out of school, but it was more than a few days. We didn’t have any electricity, and it was beyond hot outside. I spent nearly everyday at Jessica’s house. I remember taking naps in her mom’s bed, and girl-talking. Ah, to be young again, huh? She reminds me of the simpler times in my life, and that no matter how hectic life gets I need to stop every once in a while to take it all in.
I’m grateful for friendships like this. Jess, thanks for sticking by me. <3