Thank you. Thank you for loving me from the third grade, until the day I said, "I do". You were my first soul mate. You loved me through the darkest times of my life; from divorced parents, boyfriends, daddy issues... all of it. We held hands and protected each other for years. September 26, 2015 was the last day we were together. I missed you for a long time, and I wondered if you ever missed me. I walked away from our friendship because I felt us growing into our own as different women. I know you did the same. I still check in on you from time to time via social media, I always say hello when I see your mom. I'm proud of the person you have grown up to be. I also need to say thank you for teaching me who to accept in my life to fill your shoes.
The friendships that I have cultivated now, are friendships that I will have for the rest of my life. And I have you to thank for that in a way. I know that there were ways I could have been a better friend, and I know that there were times that I deserved better treatment in our friendship. Because of that, I do everything I can do be the best person for the two girls that I am so lucky to lean on now. They love me, like really love me. They accept that I can be loud and sometimes speak out of turn. Their husbands accept me with open arms, there is never a time that they have to choose one or the other. I've been a part of births, weddings, puppies, new homes, everything I thought we would do together. But looking at these two girls, I couldn't imagen doing this life with anyone but them.
You taught me how to be a friend, I'd like to think I had a hand in teaching you as well. Heather and Haley are two of the most amazing women I have ever met. That doesn't take away from what we were... but that has been over for many years now. So I say again, thank you. Thank you for all that you taught me about me. Thank you for leaving the void for them to fill. I'll forever be grateful.