Friendship Fantasy Becomes Reality

By Mayra B., age 17, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Many people will argue about the existence of true friendships, but I'm one of those rare persons who still believes in best friends. My best friend is absolutely amazing in every possible aspect.

Our friendship began back in 2003, when we were both 7th graders at our middle school. Julie and I didn't know each other at that point. We were introduced by Claudia, one of my other close friends. I don't recall those times in detail, but I do know that over the years, Julie and I became very close friends.

When other friendships broke into two going in different directions, like the split ends in your hair, Julie and I managed to remain one. We became more than friends; we were now sisters. Over the years we've shared difficult times full of tears and pain, as well as fun and unforgettable moments. Our friendship is based on trust, loyalty, and most importantly love ... love for one another and respect for one another at all times. There has never been a time when we have been mad at each other. (Honest!) We have a strong bond and have been able to communicate very well.

I remember one particular day while at her house. We had been having a tough year due to broken hearts and uncontrollable pain. We sat there crying, thinking to ourselves solemnly. I knew she felt my pain, just as I felt hers. There was no need for words. We knew each other's thoughts. We knew we would be okay. At the end of our long cries, we were each other's support; we were the bridge that would get us through it all.

Julie has been the one person who does not judge my actions; in fact she gives me advice before I do anything. She is like the journal I kept during my youth. I can open up to her and know the words shared will stay between her and me. Besides our trust for one another, I've realized that we both think alike and have similar views about the world and about people. We are not conceited and bitchy; we are simple and extraordinary. Our qualities are one in a million, just like our friendship.

Above and beyond our friendship, we were captains of our high school's tennis team, and we played doubles together. Our tennis skills were seen, but it was our friendship that shined through those tennis courts.

While others find it difficult to hold onto their friendships, Julie and I continue to develop, grow, and learn together. I'm sure that our friendship will never end. We'll grow up and still have that the same bond we have today. I'm grateful that she came into my life, because I really would be lost if it weren't for her strong love and support.

I want her to know that with each and every day I learn to appreciate her as a friend and as the wonderful human being that she is. I admire her strength, both mentally and physically. I look up to you, Julie, for the amazing young lady you have grown into these past few years, and even though we aren't going to the same school anymore and no longer playing tennis, you will forever continue to have a best friend in me.

Friends (I'm talking about real friends) are the people who are there for you unconditionally, the people who care about your feelings and thoughts before anything else. They don't judge you, but they are there to support and guide you, to give you that extra help when needed, and be your loyal confidant. Best friends are magical. They are the people who make you smile and laugh when you're an emotional wreck. That's why you should always try to make your best friend feel appreciated. Maybe you can play a sport together, gossip, or go shopping. The objective is to maintain that bond between the two of you, the bond that with each day grows stronger. Whether your friendship involves someone the same sex or even a guy, be caring about each other's opinions and thoughts. You don't want to scare and annoy your friend; instead you want to bring him or her ever closer.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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