An Open Letter to My Best Friend

This article is addressed to my dear friend, Mr. Jordan Carouth. However, hopefully others will be able to relate to this as well.


To my dear friend,

How do I even begin to describe our friendship? Although we have only been friends for a short time now, it certainly feels like it has been quite a while, based on my experience. We have learned so much about each other over the last year or so, and even when we’re not together, we know when one of us is hiding something or has something on their mind. For example, I know that your favorite band is Twenty-One Pilots, you love the Divergent series, you could spend the rest of your life eating Reese’s candy, and you are one of the few individuals in this world who is actually passionate about mathematics. You have lived in several different cities throughout your lifetime, and are one of the most ridiculously intelligent and compassionate people I have ever met. You value your family and friends, and take pride in your work ethic because you work hard for your grades and various other accomplishments in your life.

I just want to take a moment to say thank you. What am I thanking you for, exactly? For letting me sit with you at lunch on a day when I desperately just need someone to listen. For making my face and stomach hurt from laughing. For taking time out of your day to ask me about how I’m doing, or to send a silly picture. For consistently reminding me to have self-confidence when I had absolutely no idea where I would attend college. For always saying so many kind things about me. For your comforting hugs. For letting me stay at your house for several days just so we could watch all of the Harry Potter movies. For gently encouraging me to open my eyes so that I could see the world flying past me as I rode my first rollercoaster. For all of these things and many more.
However, I know each of us are different in our own ways. You love numbers and logical reasoning, whereas I love writing and sometimes prefer acting on faith rather than logic. You’re more of a country boy, and I’m a city girl at heart. You come from a large family, and my family is fairly small. You enjoy vegetables whereas the thought of me eating one makes me want to cry (I’d take dessert over veggies any day). Yet, despite everything, we are still so much alike. We are practically the same person – “two peas in a pod.” You’re more like family to me and I always want to make you smile. We know each other’s secrets and can be completely honest with each other. You make me feel joyful and complete, and for that I am forever grateful. Although distance may separate us, you are always in my thoughts. We always find a way to stay in touch regardless of any circumstances. As you work very diligently in your last year of high school, I know that you have an incredible future ahead of you because you truly are an extraordinary person. I cannot wait to hear all about the new adventures you will experience! Then, when the time is right, the two of us will share our stories and continue to make even more wonderful memories.
All of this is to simply say thank you, and I have a very, very deep regard for you. I am always just a text away.


Yours truly,

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2 Responses to “An Open Letter to My Best Friend”

  1. Elizabeth
    May 23, 2017 at 2:01 PM #

    This is so beautiful

    • Emma
      November 10, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

      Thank you very much 🙂

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