Dear Margaret + Cole:
To Margaret: Whew! Girl. We’ve known each other and had a friendship that lasts through time for so long now. Since middle school, right? I still have the post card from you when you were in New York with your family. Attached to it are your lyrics to “Annie,” sung to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” It makes me tear up a little bit (every. single. time) when I open my desk drawer for a sticky note and see it on top from the last time I read it. Don’t worry; I won’t post the lyrics unless you let me. 😂 I remember when we watched “Mama” at your place in 8th grade (I think that’s when it was) with far too many people who actually didn’t get scared by bad horror films. I had nightmares for days after that, but I wouldn’t have traded those moments for anything! We finally gave each other nicknames in high school when we realized we were going to have to look out for each other in this scary (and sometimes cruel) new world. You were (and still are) Big Mar, and I was (and sometimes am brave enough to be) “Big A.” Nobody could touch us!
You’ve had your struggles alongside me, and I’ve been fortunate enough to know you through them and to have your support for mine. We see the world through the same lens, and I know that we can bounce our big ideas off of each other. To see you now, a bright, grown, confident, and STILL joy-filled woman with a man who treats her just as I know she should be is priceless.
To Cole: Getting to know you and the story of how you and Margaret started a beautiful relationship together made me all the more confident in how you value and respect Margaret as a woman. Even though she said, “NOPE” at first, you respected that she needed time to process that what she really meant was, “Hmm, YES!” And now you two finally have photos together after a year of being a stronghold together. It may be hard for you both as you pursue a military career, but know that you have my support and understanding along that path. I’m so glad I got to spend time getting to know the man who protects my dear friend’s heart, and I’m immeasurably joyful for you both as you continue to grow together as a couple.