Gen and Kelly: A Letter to My Best Friend

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My whole life I have been what some people might call a loner. I’d gotten through elementary school with two best friends, both of whom had moved away by the time I was in sixth grade. When I got my class list that year, I wasn’t expecting much. I was in a class with a group of girls who had been best friends since kindergarten. I had tried being friends with them- but I never really fit in. Nobody was exactly begging to sit by me either. I was sad most days, and I didn’t even have anyone to talk to about it. When I found out that in pre-algebra we were having kids from other schools come, I was really hoping that maybe one of them could be my new best friend. Little did I know, that’s exactly what was going to happen.
On the first day that they arrived I got kind of nervous. I didn’t think any of these kids would actually want to be my friend. I didn’t look to highly of myself back then. As these kids waltzed through the door, I could feel myself shrinking in my seat. They were all pretty, and looked like happy people. I timidly sat back in my chair hoping I could just get through the year unnoticed. I did so for about a semester.
I got back from break dreading the return to school. I walked into the math room, ready to get the day over with. Instead, we got new seats. I remember waiting for Mr. Nolan to call my name, desperately hoping my new table mate wouldn’t make fun of me. I get seated to a girl named Erin Kruger. She was never very loud in class, but every so often you would see her talking to her neighbor. All I could think about was how I could impress this girl who looked like she had just about everything going for her. I envied her immediately. She wore this teal eyeliner that I wished I could wear, and she had stra...

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...g enough to talk to me. I want to thank you for dealing with all of my crazy. And most importantly, thank you for being my friend when no one else would.
The majority of my good memories are based around you and the people you have introduced me to. I would be so depressed if you weren’t in my life. I can never express how much you have helped me in life. I want you to know that you have saved me in so many ways. I love everything you have done for me and I regret not getting to know you sooner.
You have taught me how to be a good friend. You’ve introduced me to new books and music. You brought me into your life and I am so appreciative of that. I could go on for hours about how much you mean to me, but there isn’t enough ink in the world to print a paper that big. You have changed my life for the better, and I can never thank you enough for that. I love you, Erin.

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