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Do you remember in middle school you came up to me one day and introduced yourself and your friends? I didn't know them and didn't really want to, but you kept talking to me. You laughed and joked with everyone, and I was amazed. I still am. How can you have such humble confidence, such openness?

You are not a “social butterfly,” but the way you embrace all people and let them open up of their own will is more powerful and beautiful than any social butterfly I've ever met.

Can you believe that I'd never known anyone who did that for me ­before? Someone as gently persistent as you? I will always remember that.

Could you see that I was unhappy? I don't think so; I hid it well. I was never interested in obvious grief. Just silent sorrow.

But do you know how silent unhappiness can affect a person? How it can twist a mind into thinking so many negative things? And so few positives?

Do you remember that movie where one girl was kind to another and sat at her table because she was alone? Everyone seemed to think it was so unrealistic. Even I scoffed a little. But do you realize that I always felt like that girl? You rescued me.

Can you believe I am crying? Maybe I've only just realized what you did for me. I ­wonder if I'll ever have the courage to give this note to you. You'd probably deny everything.

We've drifted apart, but that's ­because you helped me drift. I have more friends now. I like people. And I see classmates who remind me so much of who I was – who feel the negatives outnumber the positives. Maybe that's why they are drawn to me and I to them.

I want to be like you, my friend. I want to see the beauty in people and help them find it in themselves.

Your Grateful Friend,


M.G.

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alexj56aThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 4 at 2:57 pm:
kill yourself in a fire
 
ImmortalRoseThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
today at 2:36 pm :
What was that about... so not cool.
 
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liliepopbumbThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 21 at 1:09 pm:
thanks isaaclegen  
 
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Surya R. said...
Jan. 31 at 2:31 pm:
Great Friend and very influential  
 
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liliepopbumbThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 31 at 1:07 pm:
thats a great story
 
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liliepopbumbThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 31 at 1:05 pm:
thats a great story .
 
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isaaclegendislegend said...
Jun. 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm:
that was pretty nice of your friend
 
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Plume said...
Feb. 9, 2013 at 5:31 am:
This is wonderfu!!!!! Please check out my work :)
 
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dak0ta said...
Jun. 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm:
awh. i liked this :')
 
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xxhope4xx said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm:
This is good! love it . i think it's something we all go though at one point in our lives.
 
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Susurrous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm:
Thank you!
 
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Alex. said...
Sept. 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm:
This is really inspiring. I liked it. Someday I hope to meet someone like your friend. Beautiful piece :)
 
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kennedy_rowzz said...
Sept. 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm:
I loved this!!! .Reading this really gave me a flashback of how me and my best friend met back in middle school.
 
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