Best Friends Forever??

By Stephanie Lynn, age 22, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

I had been best friends with Angie* since the second grade, and I had expected it to always be that way. In sixth grade she bought a "best friends forever" necklace, and gave me half as a gift. Now we were in seventh grade, and earlier that week I had decided to break up with my boyfriend since we never really hung out anyway. I knew Angie was always trying to impress the "cool girls" in the class, but I didn't have any interest in being friends with those stuck up people.

One day I was in the cafeteria waiting in line to buy my lunch like I'd always done. When I went to the usual table where Angie and I and all our friends sat the table was completely full. I thought it was odd, but I was forced to sit at the table across from them all alone. I was surprised that Angie didn't come over to sit with me. I figured she was entertaining the cool girls, and this would only be for one day.

The very next day, the same thing happened. When I asked her why she wasn't saving a seat for me, she told me she was filling up the table on purpose so I couldn't sit with her and her new friends. That's when I realized that our friendship was over. I mean, I had always valued our friendship, but she was only interested in upping her social status. I lost my boyfriend and my best friend in just one week! I was soo crushed.

I'm sure some of you out there are reading this and saying "That happened to me too!" It's a very difficult thing to be suddenly rejected by someone you cared about and thought cared about you. It can take weeks, months, even years to get over it. I remained hurt over this all the way through high school.

One of the hardest things about being a teenager is facing social rejection. Some people remain scarred for life. It doesn't help much at the time, but the fact is that there is life after middle school, and, yes, even after high school.

My "best friend" Angie ignored me all the way through high school, and I haven't heard from her to this day. I can't say that terrible things have happened in her life. All I know is that she has one less real friend today.

(*name changed)

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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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