Last week when my school was talking about the upcoming music tour (that we will have already been on when you're reading this...), I remembered one of my favorite memories. I was a 15-year-old Freshman on my very first music tour, and my school at the time was staying in a school gym in Armona, California. The school happened to have a swing set, and one of my best friends and I decided that after dinner we would go try them out.
So, after we finished a dinner of spaghetti using phone flashlights as a dim light, we moved over to the playground. We jumped onto this swings, and I divulged a secret to her that I had been keeping for four months ("YOU WAITED FOUR MONTHS TO TELL ME?!"). That secret led to a night of telling each other almost everything. We had known each other less than a year, and had only gone to school together for about eight months, but that night I realized that she would always be one of my best friends. We sat on the swings listening to music from her phone while we talked, and eventually walked over to the grassy field where we sat on the grass and stared at the stars for a while. Of course, being a field, there were many thistles when we stood up, but that didn't really matter.
It's such a small story, but that day has remained one of my favorite memories ever since. The smell of distant cows wasn't a problem, and the thistles that followed us home were like funny reminders of the inside jokes that have lasted until now. We live about two and a half hours away from each other now, but the inside jokes, memories, and stories have continued. I think that when you find a friend who you can connect with so quickly and so strongly, you do whatever you can to make sure that friendship lasts. I love thinking back on this story, not only because it's a funny memory in many ways, but also because it reminds me of why I'm still friends with her. I didn't have great friendships until I got to high school, but I owe many of the friends I have now to her because she's the one who not only introduced me to a lot of people, but also put me in situations where I would get to know them better. I'm very thankful for this friendship, and the many others that I have acquired over the last three years.