Today is the birthday of one of my best friends in the whole world. I met her in eighth grade when I moved to this town, and thanks to alphabetically-ordered seats and lockers we became friends. We’ve had our ups and downs, our long fights and our sleepovers. We’ve got it down now, and I can’t imagine what I’d do without her in my life.

I can’t be with her on her birthday today- the girl moved across the country a month ago for vet school – but she better know that I am missing her terribly. So Mer, hope that this is the happiest of birthdays even if we can’t be together on it. Last thing? I love you so very, very much. Did I tell you I miss you yet?