In the spring of 2003, I played on a little league softball team named Oakwood Classic Custom Woodworks. I had never played softball before and I wasn’t the best at making friends, so starting on a team knowing no one was going to be a struggle for me. The week after the season started, I was minding my own business in my third grade class when a friendly girl approached me during snack time. She outright said, “Hey, you’re on my softball team. Do you want to hang out after practice this weekend?” Reluctantly, I said sure, why not.
And that’s where this story starts, folks.
Jenna has been my “person” for about 14 years now, and honestly, I don’t know what I would do without her. She knows my deepest darkest secrets, has the world’s best advice, and is always there for me no matter what time of day or night. Playing softball, family vacations, attending the same schools, and having interests in similar things, has allowed us to be two peas in a pod. Unfortunately, I haven’t always had my “person” physically there for me. You see, for the past four years we’ve been in a long distance friendship as she attends the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and I am at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Although I’ve had to be without my best friend for years now, we’ve conquered the long distance friendship game. We are the kind of friends that leave each other for a while, but when we reconnect it’s like we never left.
Once a week (usually on a Sunday), we schedule a phone call to update each other on what happened throughout the last week. Her life is usually more interesting than mine, but my story making capabilities are pretty superb. I make monthly weekend trips to see her in Pittsburgh, and she makes it home to Rochester as much as she can. Social networks, apps, and text messaging has been a lifesaver over the last couple years with keeping in touch with each other. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep in touch with her every week because we’re living very different lives, and we both try to stay busy. Advice for anyone going through a long distance friendship: stay positive, have faith, and remember the good times.
I hope that everyone has the chance to have someone like this in his or her lives, because through thick and thin you will always need someone to be there for you.
Fortunately for her, she will be traveling around the world for her new career following graduation this May. Unfortunately for me, I will be without her again. I know that we will be just as close, many states and countries away; that just gives me a reason to travel!