This week, my lifeline is my “Kinda, sorta cousin, Samm.” I’ll get into why we call each other that in a minute.
I’ve known Samm since I was in the 3rd grade. Well, probably younger, but that’s the first memory I have of us. Our parents were pretty good friends. She moved away when we were little, so every few weeks I would go stay the weekend with her. We did that for years. Then, she moved back in the 8th grade. We stayed really close until that year.
In the 8th grade we got in a stupid fight over lord only knows. I don’t even remember because it was so long ago and over something dumb. But, because of that little argument, we didn’t talk for about 5 years. When we graduated from 8th grade she moved away again and I didn’t see her or hear from her. This past summer is when we started talking again.
Now, we call ourselves “Kinda, sorta cousins,” because her aunt married my uncle. I know that doesn’t make us blood related, but second cousins by a marriage or something. I don’t know. But, if there’s a family reunion, we’ll both be there. Close enough.
To be honest, I missed her those 5 years we didn’t talk. I regret every bit of it. But I don’t want to dwell on the past. I can say, this past summer was the best summer I’ve ever had and she was a big part of it. I was so happy she came back to this small town. She got to go on so many stupid adventures with me. We’ve never been closer. We talk everyday now. She’s been there every step of the way.
In the little time we’ve reconnected and gotten to know each other all over again, she’s taught me a lot. I gained a new/old friend when I was at a low point in my life. She was always there for me and I was always there for her. We helped each other through so much this past summer and I will forever be thankful for her. She’s still helping me figure my life out to this day.
I can’t wait to make new adventures with her for the rest of our lives. We want to travel the world together. She’s such a genuinely positive person and she makes me so happy to be alive. I can always count on her to make me laugh by saying something stupid, or tripping on air. She’s just as clumsy as me and I’m so thankful for that. I’m not the only one! I love you Samm, come see me soon. 💙