Day 16: A Hard Lesson Learned.
Over the years, friends have come and gone. And sometimes it's hard to see when a friendship ended until you have a new friend and you realize how that friendship is 1000x more effective.
After seventh grade, I moved to a new house and went to a new school for one year. I knew no one at that school, and the first day of school didn't go so well. To start out, my locker door got jammed shut and I couldn't even get my lunchbox out. My mom hadn't yet deposited money into my lunch account, remember this is the first day. My old school didn't even HAVE lunch accounts. So there I sat. Alone and hungry. On the first day of 8th grade. Well, the whole year didn't go so great at all. The people at that school were petty and self-obsessed. I don't say that lightly, but really, it was true. Sometimes I look on facebook to see what those people are up to, and for the most part, it's not pretty. One girl was recently arrested for assaulting a police officer after he tried to arrest her for possessing large amounts of cocaine. Another is pregnant with her third kid. And these were all girls that I would have considered my friends then.
The next year, I started at Linden Hall School for Girls, also known as the place where I made friends that became family. My Linden Hall sisters are literally some of the best and most successful people I know. Even if we haven't talked for ages, I can still send a simple text to my bestfriend Diana, and we've got a conversation going as though we never missed a beat.
Kristen, Diana, me, and Marta
This is the best group of friends I could ever ask for. From the day I set foot on Linden Hall's campus when I toured, to the moment I had my first class with this goofy bunch, we were inseparable. All four of us were involved in the drama department, so from dinners in the dining hall to those late night tech rehearsals, we were always together. Sadly, Diana graduated a year after us, but that didn't keep us from constantly keeping her in the loop while she was off enjoying the big world of college.
To be honest, Diana and I are more like sisters than friends. We refer to each others mama's at our second moms, and her family has been like our family in Lancaster since our relatives don't live near us. And lucky for both of us, Diana lives in New York City now, so we'll be taking the Big Apple by storm when this summer rolls around!
To sum things up, I've learned that friends come and go, and you can't get upset by that because the people that are truly meant to be in your life stay around.