Isn’t funny how you can know a person your whole life but never truly know them? Ever since we were little girls we’ve gone to the same church, lived in the same town, and yet I’ve never truly known you. All I really knew about you was that you gave the best hugs. When I took on the role of picking you up from school everyday I didn’t realize that it would actually turn into you being one of my dearest friends. Honestly, the first day I pulled into the car pool line I was nervous. Would you like me? Would I like you? Would we have anything to talk about? Would you even want to talk to me? My head was full of concerns but they were quickly put to rest after the first day you hopped into the car. I soon learned of your love for music, painting, boys, and gas station icees. I knew from that day forward it was the start of a great friendship. You taught me so much about the love in life and that there’s no bad day that a little bit of Salena Gomez and Justin Beiber music can’t fix - with the windows down and the music turned up, of course. “Life is good” we would say. You embody the spirit of strength, determination, and passion, greater than any seventeen-year-old girl I know. You live in a world that wasn’t designed for you yet you continue to flourish and grow within every day. I want you to know how incredibly proud I am of you. Thank you for opening your heart to me. Thank you for helping me walk the dogs and always taking care of your responsibilities. Thank you for teaching me how to dance like Beyoncé and showing me how to cut open pomegranates. Thank you for reintroducing me to the Disney channel and for teaching me to never dream too small. Thank you for showing me how walks in the neighborhood can turn into a music video and it doesn’t matter who is listening, you should always, always sing. I admire you and hope to have a heart more like yours. I praise God for the wonderful person he made you to be and I know the special friendship we share was through His wonderful works. I know you will continue to change other hearts as you continue on your journey just as you have changed mine.
Your “sister friend”, Bonnie Grace