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This I Believe… Jessica Marshall


I believe that there is one special person for everyone. In my case, the special person is my best friend. It was my freshman year of high school. Like every fifteen-year old girl, I had various problems. One of the bigger problems was between this girl and me. We had been friends, but had a fight, and stopped talking. In the middle of the fight, I began to develop a friendship with another girl. We became extremely close and eventually, we reached the best friend level. This all happened during the second semester of ninth grade. Over the summer, we did almost everything together. I went with her and her family to Hatteras Island and it was the best time ever. When we came home, and returned to school, our bond was still strong.
But as 2010 went underway, our friendship began to weaken. At first, it was just little things. She seemed to be talking to a lot more people, while talking less to me. At the time, I didn’t think twice about it. But then after a weekend in Vienna, things took a turn for the worst. She seemed to be very distant, and after a while, we hardly talked. One night, we talked, and before I knew it, the friendship I had enjoyed and cherished so much was gone. For about two months, we did not talk, make eye contact, or anything. It killed me, but I put on a smile and pretended that it didn’t bother me.
But one night, I got a message on Facebook and it was from her. It said, “Can we talk? Please,” and, instinctively, I grabbed my phone and dialed her number. We talked for hours as if nothing had ever happened. The next day came with many varied reactions, but I could have cared less. She is my best friend, and in this case, my “special someone”. We can say whatever and do whatever with each other without having to explain anything, we can look at each other in class and know exactly what the other is thinking, we can act like complete fools in public, we can finish each other’s sentences, and we can even fight and yell at each other and at the end say “What are fighting about?” It’s hard to forget the countless memories from the beach, from guys, from making cookies at three in the morning. Honestly, I would not trade any of that, even the bad times, for the world. Like she said on the phone, “I could never imagine calling anyone else my best friend.”

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    Tessa AllenNov 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Romantic relationships are great but friends last forever. Sometimes we forget that. Thanks for reminding us of that crucial detail.

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    Lexie TaylorNov 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I totally understand this. It’s rare that in high school you find your “special someone” that you are going to marry. However, your best friends in high school are going to be the ones you are friends with forever. And truly they are the ones that will be there when you need them the most.

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    Unique LarryOct 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I agree finding true friends can be a difficult task but once you find one you do not let an argument over anything seperate you.It’s an extremely close bond. That honestly once formed ca not be broken you will cry,fight,love and laugh but through all and all you guys will always have each other.

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    Malikah WIlliamsOct 29, 2010 at 6:52 am

    This story I think applies to a lot of kids in high school. Sometimes we change and grew as people and as a result we start to make friends with other people, but I like how you will always have your best friend.

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    Rachel WaymackOct 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I like how you took a different approach with your “special someone”, I definitely agree that your best fried can be your “special someone”. I also agree with Rachel A. that a true friendship is discovered when it can survive hardships.

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    Joseph P.Oct 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Thinking about this article, I considered how differently a girl views her girl best friend than a guy views his guy best friend. Most guys don’t consider their guy best friend a “special someone,” although girls frequently do. For girls, that “special someone” may very well be their best friend, but guys are only allowed to have two possible “special someones”: Their girlfriend/wife, and of course, thier mom

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    Devan AndrewsOct 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I have to say, losing a close friend that you used to share everything with is a terrible feeling, especially when it is over nothing in particular. I’m just glad that in your case it all worked out. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and the same applies for friendships.

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    Rachel ArnoldOct 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I agree that friends are the best “special someones” we will ever have in our lives. But we are all different, so no matter what, there are going to be trials. In my opinion though, it takes all of the problems to prove that a friendship is truly going to last.

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    Jill FairchildOct 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is like de’ja vous. Same exact thing happened to my best friend and me as well. We had a huge fight and started growing apart, but in the end it only made us stronger. Now, we’re closer than anyone else, and even call each other brother and sister. All of our past fights made us stronger friends, so I wouldn’t take any of it back either.