There is something beautiful in everyone. This is my friend, someone I have known since I was around 14 years old, and we go way back! I actually met her through her sister whom I was dating at the time. You know, the whole high school dating routine, so I’m not going to get into those kinds of details. We kind of became friends at that time, but we also kind of didn’t. It was a distance thing you know, “The hot younger sister.” Trouble with a capitol T. Well the girlfriend and I split up, “I can’t for the life of me remember why.” However, I was really good friends with two of the families down the street, so I ended up in a position where I had to see her a lot. We all kind of hung out on the weekends and after school. I think at one time we even went skinny dipping. Those were the good years, but I moved away. I got into a lot of trouble, and pretty much vanished off the face of the earth for a few years.
After a few years I started contacting my old friends, but by that time I was a completely different person than I used to be. A little jail time, some time in the Army, a marriage, and some time to cool down helped me realize that a lot of those old friends weren’t really friends. Some were lost to drugs, some to alcohol, some to jail, and some due complete lack of common sense, and a head full of idiocy.
I saw her one night at a movie theater, and then a few more times after that, but it never more than a hug, how are you, and part ways. Until a few years ago, it was just a hi and bye kind of thing. Eventually, we started hanging out, eating Mexican food together, and doing photo shoots. Here is what she doesn’t know though! After all these years I have started to love her. Not like being in love that is something different. She is sweet, caring, upfront, and proud. She is also shy, easily hurt, and honest. There are so many different things that I could say about her, but not a single one of them would be something mean or hurtful. I love her presence, her confidence, and her ability to be herself with me no matter what is going on around us. She is my friend, and I am happy that she has chosen to remain a part of my life; even through the times in my life where I was not loving or kind.