“If you live to be 100, I hope to live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” -Winnie the Pooh
Who would have known a children’s story would have the most accurate thoughts on friendship.
I don’t want to imagine a future where you and I aren’t friends and you’re not in my life.
In fact, the thought of it starts to bring out a minor panic attack, so we’re going to not go there.
Thank you for always being by my side, you have been the peanut butter to my jelly and the yin to my yang.
When you get married, you make vows to your spouse that you honor with everything that is important to you.
So, I don’t see why you wouldn’t make those same vows and promises to your best friend.
I promise to be there for you whenever you need and even when you think you don’t need me.
Because you always need me.
I know there will be times that you’ll need to go out and explore life and do things alone, but I will always be a few steps behind to catch you if you fall or to relish in all that you’ve achieved.
I’m a better person because I have you in my life.
When we’re not together a piece of me is missing, but everything that you’ve taught me as a person shines through even when you’re not around.
If you do hit rock bottom I promise to hold you close and to never judge you.
I promise to let you cry, and not just the little tears, but the ugly ones that make your face super red and makes your nose run at double time.
In fact, my sleeve will be right there to wipe away those tears or whatever else is dripping down your face.
I’ll do this because you’ve never hesitated to do it for me.
I am not a pretty crier, but yet you’ve trooped through every tear I’ve shed near or far.
I promise to always build you up when you start to crumble.
When you look like a million bucks girl I am going to whistle, holler, and tell the world how gorgeous you are.
Though I think you look gorgeous all the time, I know when it’s important to remind you to find your confidence.
I promise to always talk you off the ledge. I know you’re an over-thinker, and every crazy idea that comes to your mind I promise to shake you till you let it go.
I’ll remind you about the logical responses when you’ve jumped on board the crazy train.
I’ll always give you my opinion on the boys that come into your life, which you may not always like, but I only want the best for you.
I want you to be happy and I want them to treat you with respect. And damn right I want them to suck up to me a little bit, hey it’s brownie points to get in with the best friend.
However, even if I don’t like him it won’t matter as long as he’s good to you and he makes your life easier because your happiness is all that really matters to me.
I also promise to threaten him if he hurts you, and if you need me to, I will follow through with that threat.
Okay, maybe we won’t need to be that dramatic, but if he breaks your heart I’ll help you piece it back together.
I’ll let you cry over him, and let you eat all the ice cream and watch all the chick flicks until we develop permanent brain freeze.
Once it’s time I’ll help you get back on that horse and start actually pursuing all the other fish in the sea because there is a man out there who is going to be your Nemo.
When you find your Nemo I promise to help you plan your special day and make sure it is everything you envisioned it to be.
It means you don’t have to bridezilla because I’ll be there to calm you down and help whip people into shape.
I promise to try and sound interested in everything that makes you happy and make myself available when you need me even if I’m not in the mood to be around people.
I will tell you when you’re being difficult and being a bitch, even when I know it’s going to just piss you off more.
However I may do it over the phone, I know what kind of temper you can have when you hear things you don’t want to acknowledge.
I’m not afraid of being honest with you because that’s what we are here for and in the end, it only strengthens our friendship.
Whenever there is something crazy and embarrassing that you want to do you know I’m only a phone call away.
I know you’d never let me do anything that would leave an everlasting mark on my social reputation so I, of course, would do the same for you.
Whenever we’re together it will always be a race to see who’s paying for dinner or Starbucks and I will still try and beat you every single time.
When you get too drunk I’ll be there with water and Advil and I promise to hold your hair back when you get sick... even though the smell of vomit makes me nauseous myself.
I promise not to make fun of you for the men you hit on when you’ve had that shot that’s taken you over the edge or the text messages you know you shouldn’t have sent but you did anyways.
I’ll embrace our differences and I’ll never stay angry at you. Even when we argue, I promise to always talk it through with you after I've calmed down.
If you’re ever in a pinch I will be the first person to bail you out. That means in anything, money, family issues, relationships or even jail, I’ll get you out of it.
Though if that last part happens I may yell and smack you around a bit because you tried to handle something without me.
No matter the distance we’re really never that far apart. We’re more than friends, we’re family.
No matter what you go through in life just know you will never be alone because I will always be right there by your side when it matters the most.
I will always love you and just know you can always count on me for whatever life decides to throw your way.
So for yesterday, today, and tomorrow thank you for always being my go to girl and if you ever start to doubt how much you mean to me snap out of it because that’s just crazy talk and we know it’s best to stay off that path.
“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” Wicked
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