It’s so rare that we meet someone at 11 years old and love them for the rest of our lives, but that’s exactly what I got when I met you.
I still remember the first day you invited my to spend morning break with you, we were first years in high school and you spent time with much “cooler” people than I did. I was so shy, I found them intimidating but not you, you breezed right in with them but left them wanting more as you breezed right back out again. When you told me we should hang out and that you didn’t want to spend the break with them, I felt so flattered and terrified…was I being set up for a joke? It wasn’t of course, that’s not your style.
The first year of our friendship I think I felt I didn’t deserve you, that I was “friending up” but that was down to my insecurities, you never made me feel that way. And here we all, far too many years later, still friends and you still effortlessly breeze in and out of others lives…but you never breeze out of mine.
I’m your constant and you are mine, before I met my husband you were the only person outside of family that I knew I’d love forever, in many ways it was our friendship that let me open up enough to believe I could be that open to a romantic relationship, that I could be worthy of one, you’ve done so much for me and you don’t even know it because it all comes so easy to you. I love that!
I’ll never be brave enough to ask you what made you talk to me that day, why you ditched others to spend time with me, what it was you saw in me (if anything) or if it was a fluke (these days, it really doesn’t matter) but I’m so glad you did. You’ve been my dearest friend ever since for nearly 21 years.
And that brings me to today, you’re moving abroad with your husband to set up a new business. I’m so proud of you, so excited for you and so happy for you and your husband as you embark on this next phase of life. We’ve said our goodbyes so many times over the years as we’ve each sought adventures (I eventually got over being shy) but we’ve always kept space for each other in our lives and I know this time will be no different. There will be long periods where we don’t see each other but you are always in my heart.
So my friend, my partner-in-crime, my confidant, my soulmate, my sister, I may not see you soon but I will love you always xxxx