You all know that I’m always looking for the type of bestie I had when I was eleven. There are no friendships quite like the ones from our youth–when our friends were our everything. So I’ve loved hanging out over the past couple of days with my 11-year-old cousin, who last night gave me the BFF tour through her elementary school photos. She is me, about 20 years ago.
Today, I asked her to write my blog post. I wanted to read about childhood BFFs from someone in the trenches. To see what true friendship is from a 6th grade point of view. She was nice enough to oblige and — though, yes, I might be a bit biased toward my awesome family — I think it’s fantastic. A great throwback to the time when true friendship was as simple as riding a roller coaster side by side.
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I looked up and saw the tallest rollercoaster in the world and told myself, “Anna you are not doing this.” I was in New Jersey at Six Flags Great Adventure for my friend’s graduation party. “Guys we have to do this,” my friend Cary said. I looked at Maya, my best friend, and I whispered, “Maya, I don’t feel safe doing this, but Cary is going to make me look like a loser if I don’t.”
“If you don’t do this you will feel bad after,” Cary snapped again. I know she just wanted us to have a wondrous time but I was frightened. I was so scared. Nothing was scarier then Kingda ka, the fastest, tallest rollercoaster in the world. I did not have anything to compare it too. Maya whispered to me, “Anna, I am not doing this I don’t feel safe.” So when Cary and Sarah (my other great friend) went on the most petrifying ride of their life, Maya and I waited at the bottom, feeling like chickens.
Cary and Sarah got off like they had the ride of their lives. They were giggling and having a blast, making Maya and me want do it so we would not be left out. “That was the best ride ever!” Sarah said.
Cary spoke up, “You guys have to do it or you will regret it for ever.”
Maya looked at me, “Anna we should do it, I would never pressure you in doing anything that’s not safe. You have to trust me.” Who would I trust more than my best friend, I thought.
“Maya you’re right, I am not going to chicken out, lets go!” I said.
Even though I was going on Kingda ka no matter what, I was really worried. I had no idea what I was in for.
“Maya” I said. “I am really scared, what if the ride is really frightening? The only reason I am doing this is because you’re riding with me.” All these breath-taking thoughts were rushing through my head like electricity.
“Anna” Maya said, “Don’t worry you can ride next to me and hold my hand, I will keep you safe.” Maya made me feel much better. That’s what friends are for I thought. I am so happy I have a best friend like Maya, I could not ask for a better best friend. Before I knew it kingda ka was over. I could not believe I did it. I was so proud of myself, but mostly Maya for being so brave and caring. Maya’s words and wisdom made the best moment of my life happen.
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So great, right? Tell me: What’s your favorite childhood friendship memory?