I don't know when exactly we met in grade school. Looking back, it seems like we've always just known each other and been friends. I do remember our brief romance in 6th grade that lasted maybe a week because we were just too much of friends to be anything else back then. We met at Super Skate that Friday night and I remember April Balch telling me the song that was playing was requested by you for me, but you were too shy to tell me. "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal. I remember that like it was yesterday.
In high school I knew you were absolutely my best friend. We dated other people, never each other, but you were still always above everyone even if only as friends. Hanging out at your house, driving around in my mom's Maxima, the JROTC balls and drill team banquets together, walking arm in arm to class...we were something. I loved you then but I didn't know how to recognize or act on it. I missed you so much when I moved. And then we drifted apart.
Then one day my life was changed in a way I would've never guessed. After a five year absence, we picked up right where we left off - and then some. I knew then I always had and always would love you. I will forever remember walking out of that terminal in Denver and seeing your smiling face there in the crowd waiting for me.
You're still that same best friend I've had my entire life. No one gets our jokes and sense of humor like we do. We are effortlessly on the same page. Everything just fits, and why wouldn't it? Who better than the man that has know me for the majority of my life? There are new parts we are continuing to figure out, and I know we have quite a bit of work ahead of us. But always know I love you. Each and every single part of you. Your strength, your love, your service and sacrifice.
I will always be by your side - always. There is nothing "wrong" with you. You deserve all of my love, and there is nothing about this that can make me love you any less. You're my other half, my best friend, the person I have always loved and will always love my entire life.
Submitted by: Tiffany P
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