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Dear best friend,

No matter where I was placed to sit in elementary, everyone complained. Nobody wanted to sit by me. Well, in 4th grade I got placed behind you and it was the best thing that could’ve happened because little did I know my first friend would be my best friend 10 years going on. I remember when we were younger, we would call each other on our home phones. When the cordless phones would die, we would switch to the cord phones, let it charge, and just keep switching back and forth between the two.

When we weren’t on the phone, we were together. I wasn’t allowed to stay at people’s houses because of a bladder issue, but you were one person my mom and I trusted with the secret. If I wasn’t there, you were at my house. Doing each other’s makeup, playing badminton, watching movies, or anything else we did. I’ll never forget the times your mom bought us Faygo and a six-inch from Subway and you’d cut it to the millimeter in the middle so it was fair. I’ll also never forget how you were always there for me.

They say the people you are friends with in high school fade away, which they do in most cases. I don’t believe our friendship will fade away. We could go without talking for a while but find our way back as if we saw each other the day prior. I’ve had a lot of best friends and a lot of fights over stupid things, but I have never fought with you. We disagree a lot, but I have never had a huge fight with you and I think that’s important about us.

I really don’t have a lot of people since we graduated and are on to college. Now that we are older, we still do the same things but a higher scale like summer night driving, going to the lake, eating McDonald’s, roller skating, ice cream at Speedy’s, and so much more. I know that in the future it will continue. We’ll be coming over for our kids to hang out, going to the bar, vacations, phone bitch sessions (like our moms), and so much more.

I want you to know that I am proud of your accomplishments. I am proud of who you have become. I am proud of you. I want you to know that I am thankful for you. That I probably wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for being my first and best friend I have ever had. You mean more to me than you think. No matter the distance, time apart, or anything else that separates us in the future ahead I will forever care about you and be here for you. You will be Charlalay and I will be Hararold forever in my heart.



Love past, present, and future me.

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Alicia is an aspiring doctor. She intends to graduate from IUP in 2022 and attend Medical School directly after to become a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics. She enjoys watching movies, hanging with friends, and community service. She is a dog lover and has a pug names Porky that makes her smile on her worst days. Family is everything to her as you probably have read.
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