Growing up I was unfortunately the only child.
I used to hate not
having any siblings to talk to, hang out with, share crazy stories with or just
to have a shoulder to cry on. When they would have siblings’ events at school,
I would immediately feel sad... Most times I just wouldn't even attend school.
My parents used to try and persuade to just go to the events anyway, have fun,
meet new friends, (but at that time, I didn’t want to make new friends.)
However, I did try numerous of times but once I gotten older I slowly didn't
feel the need to attend any of these events.
It wasn't until I
met my best friend Kara Elizabeth Stanley. I call her Lizzy McGuire (that’s her
favorite show) or Kara Bear (stuff bears is her favorite animal) actually I
have a lot of nicknames for her. We met the first day of drama class in 10th
grade, our connection was instant. Come to find out that she's also the only
child in her family. We would always pick each other for partners for improvs
skits, hang out after school, have sleepovers etc... She was my piece that I
felt was missing.
We were together in
the same high-school all 3(technically 4) years... I said technically because
we didn’t officially meet until the 10th grade, but she was also in
the same high school (Wilboro High School) as me in the 9th grade. Until
she had to move away. Her dad, who I call papa Richard or pops got a new job
offer in Los Angeles for his company as an Executive director for a new
technical lab he's building. Kara's mom Kandice, Who I also call ma or mama is
a customer representative provider for a bank.
Burress Bank, it
was originally called The Bank for you! But I guess they figured that "The
Burress Bank" sounded more professional.
So anyway, when
Kara told me the news I was absolutely devastating... We both were! Especially
since the holidays were coming up and our families would always have a
friendsgiving. My mom would cook and Kara and her parents would always bring a
few dishes over such as; cranberries, sparking cider and green bean casserole
dinner rolls, just to name a few .It was the best of times. It started in high
school and we kept it going ever since.
She moved around
her 2nd year in college, just as I was about to transfer there. I decided that
I wanted to go to a university first that's near where I live, I majored in
drama arts, but I minored in creative writing... Kara, had a full ride
scholarship to Western Virginia University, majoring in Dramatic arts/Creative
Language. She's really good at acting, she'll make a phenomenal actress
someday.... She also has plans to open up a business that dealing with her creative side of acting; such as the languages that are used and helping others to display their creative language in acting form.
Since that day it's
been about a year and a half since I have seen her. We talk and face-time
daily, however we both have jobs and things we have to take care of... Now since
being detached from what I felt safe with, I had to restart all over with
finding my tight-knit circle. I have been able to meet some amazing like-minded
people, since Kara moved away, I met... Ashley, Leah, and Samantha. We all have
join choir in college during some tough times in our lives.
Ashley and Leah are
sisters, they're dealing with their dad George being deployed. Samantha is
dealing with her parents in the process of getting a divorce. And of course
there's me... Oh wait sorry guys I never mentioned my name, (which is Alliana,
or Allie). I'm dealing with feeling alone not sure when I will see my best
friend again, on top of having to start over in a sense with meeting people who
would push me and motivate me for greater beyond. I grew a strong bond with
these ladies, a solid sisterhood that I wouldn't trade for anything in the
Fast-forward to today
Lina: Honey, can you answer that (Aliana’s mom yelling from the kitchen)
Alliana: Okay, sure mom!
I gave everyone a
puzzled look, because everyone was here for friendsgiving
And to my surprise it was my very best friend Kara Bear!!
Alliana: Kara, what
are you doing here??! (Nearly in tears)
Kara: (With the
biggest grin on her pleasant face) Surprise!!! (Embraces me with the biggest,
tightest hug) I came to spend friendsgiving with my sister, my best friend. We
have been though a lot with only having been in each lives for a short time,
but it feels like a lifetime.
Alliana: Ohhh my
goodness!! (Pauses and looks around) where's your mom and dad... (At that very
moment, Kara's parents walks in the door yelling....
Surprise!!!! Happy Friendsgiving!!! (Immediately goes in for a tight hug)
(slowly looks around) so was everyone involved in this surprise?!
Everybody: Yes (laughter)
Alliana: Wait, have
you all met each other? How did all this happen? (Her mind is racing 60 miles per minute)
Samantha: Well, I
noticed that you are friends on Facebook, and I remember how Allie would mentioned
just how she misses you. I messaged her and thought it would be cool to set up
a surprise visit. She has such a giving heart, this is the least we could do.
Kara: Yes!! You
have such a sweet spirit and I immediately agreed on that idea and just had to
get my parents on board... Which took absolutely no persuading at all. They
were all in. I mentioned that we won't facetime, or if we do it would be close
to my face so she would pick up on anything suspicious in the background.
Ashley: Leah and I
agreed to pick them up from the airport...
around with her arms open) well here we are!!
Alliana: (at this
point, tears floods her eyes) you guys!!
Kara: I would say
that this is our first time officially meeting in person!! And I love each and every one of you girls!! This truly something beautiful!!
Alliana: I just want to thank each and every one of you, you made this Friendsgiving one to remember; my parents, my other parents, my new found sisterhood… I think I going to change the name from Friendsgiving to Sisterhood Share! We’re more than friends and although were not related, blood couldn’t make us any closer.