November 4, 2003.
I walk into my fourth grade classroom and the first thing I notice is a big office desk placed behind all the other standard sized desks. My homeroom teacher isn’t in class yet. Everyone is talking abut how there must be a new student coming to class. I got excited. I, myself, was new to this school this year, so it would be cool and also comforting to not be the “new girl”. Sure enough, my teacher walks in with a girl following behind her. I get even more excited because my school is a predominantly white school, and the girl walking behind my teacher was asian, like me. She was around my height, also wore glasses and looked like someone I could be friends with. My teacher introduces her to the class as Chrissandra, and Chrissandra then takes a seat at the big desk at the back of the room.
Fast forward to lunch. Chrissandra is sitting with a girl that our teacher assigned to be her unofficial guide to our school. My friend and I are sitting together eating our lunch and I kept staring at Chrissandra, with one burning question on my mind. Apparently in my 8 year old mind, I really needed to know the answer to this question, so I went up to her and asked “Are you chinese?” … And that was pretty much the start of our best friendship (BTW, she’s Filipina).
That’s a long ass time. I’ve known Sandra for 65% of my life! Crazy. She’s been in my life longer than she has been out of it. I have been through it all with this girl. Ups and downs, phases, tears, laughs, first jobs, first cars, breakups, makeups, graduations … just growing up in general. And our insiders? Oh my gooodnesssss, all the insiders. (BLUE BUNNY!) Not only is this the longest friendship I have (and will ever have), it really is one of the truest. After experiencing so much with her, I can confidently say she is like a soul mate to me.
I have had the privilege of watching her become the person she is today. She has always been someone I look up to because of her confidence, her independence, her resilience, her toughness and her silliness. In 15 years, we have both changed but in a lot of ways we are still the same. We don’t talk every single day, but we always manage to pick up where we left off. I’m so thankful to have someone who is always so supportive of me, who always cheers me on and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Also let’s be real, it feels great when we’re together and it feels like we’re in our own world. I never have to pretend to be someone I’m not around you, and I’m never scared that you’ll judge me.
Anyways. This is just a short and sweet post to say how much I appreciate our friendship. It’s also an excuse for me to look through old photos and post them on here for everyone to see. I don’t know who I’d be or where I’d be if I didn’t have you to help shape me into the person I am now. You already know how I feel about you and our friendship without me having to go too cheesy. I’m so proud of who you are and who you are about to become! Thanks for being my best friend, and also for introducing me to CJ hehe. I love you long time!
PS: check out Sandra’s website here to learn more about her!