We Were

 

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It was 6th grade,

I was

The shy,

Nerdy girl

with glasses, and

You were

The new girl

Behind me

With the coolest Lion King pencil box.

I was Backstreet Boys

And

You were N’Sync,

But we worked.

We were

Trampoline and pool parties,

Sleepovers,

N’Sync dance parties in my backyard,

Beanie Baby toys,

A New Year’s Eve party without electricity,

Boy gossip,

Inseparable,

Best Friends.

And then we weren’t.

Not because of any fights,

Or feuds,

Or dramatic parting of the ways.

But

Because we were teenagers

And

We were Junior High

And

Things change.

We discovered

New friends,

New obsessions.

We are who we are,

Partly because of all the memories

We shared with each other.

Me, the shy,

Nerdy girl with glasses,

And

You, the new girl

Behind me

With the coolest Lion King pencil box.

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9 thoughts on “We Were

  1. This is fabulous. I love how the structure of this gives credence and thought to each memory (we must be contemporaries–at each one I had to stop to recall my own memories…) It also describes the bittersweetness of growing up and that, for each thing we gain, we also leave something else behind. Brava!

  2. I love this! The sweetness of the little details, the sadness of growing apart, and the way you circled back to the beginning at the end. Everyone has a friend like this, and you’ve described that experience perfectly!

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