I write you letters in my head once a year, maybe more, but the only ones I actually send are to wish you a happy birthday. You always had more friends than me, a more vibrant life (and I was amazed) so I'm sure my words just blend into the background. It's easy to remember glimpses of good times: hours spent trying on sparkly outfits in shopping malls, countless Goldfish crackers eaten during late-night conversations on my trundle bed, belting out the lyrics to Taylor Swift songs, just to name a few. It's harder to remember how we became friends, and how we aren't friends anymore. Don't worry, I won't pick up the phone and ask.
I hope you guys enjoyed this piece! A lovely reader challenged me to write a poem to my ex-best friend. There’s honestly no hard feelings between me and the person who inspired this poem (honestly, a couple people did), just normal growing up and drifting apart happened. It often does work out like that. Please feel free to leave feedback and writing challenges in the comments. Stay safe and healthy out there.