When I was young, I did not have many friends. I remember being made fun of most of the time I wasn’t doing school work. Even though I loved school, and the teachers liked me well enough, I still couldn’t understand why the other kids didn’t like me. Maybe it was because I had an overactive imagination. Or because I wanted to be friends with everyone (and I mean everyone). Or maybe because I would shake my arms like a flapping bird when I got excited or nervous. Maybe it was all three, and then some.
In first grade, I made a friend outside of school: Rebecca. We met in Sunday school and got along right away. She didn’t mind my quirks, and I barely even noticed any of hers. We are still friends today.
In second and third grade, I managed to make some friends in school- some didn’t last, while others were rekindled in middle school or high school. In fourth grade, I had two close friends: Tia and Robin. We called ourselves the Three Musketeers: we always talked in class, sat together at lunch, and played at recess. Unfortunately, I’ve lost contact with them both.
Thankfully in middle school, I was finally able to be part of a friend “group”- four or more people. I could really and truly be myself around them. We shared similar interests, and though I dove a bit deeper into Broadway musicals, anime, fanfiction, and writing than what was considered a “normal” amount, my friends stood by me. I’ve continued to make close friends throughout high school and college, bonds that have lasted until this very day.
I want to make sure that they know that they are perfect the way they are and that someday, they will accomplish something great.