A letter for everyone at the Writing Retreat

Oct 25, 2012

Dear everyone,

Last night I was thinking about a way I could tell you guys how much I care about you all. This is what this letter is.
For most of my life I didn’t have any friends at all. I mostly stood behind my big sister waiting for her to introduce me to everyone she met. I realized that I didn’t make any friends that way. When I started going to school I thought I would have loads of friends. I know friends are those people that you laugh loudly with, people that when you have a problem you go to them for help and they do whatever they can, friends are those people you pull all nighters with, people that you share things with and they share back, people that care about you and want to be around you. I didn’t end up getting people like that.
After I left school I was back to hiding behind my big sister. When we were both going to go to Not Back To School Camp I wasn’t worried about making friends because my big sister would be there to introduce me. That isn’t what happened. She ended up getting sick and I had to face camp alone. It was terrifying. After that first week though I knew that I had made friends.
After going to many conferences and sessions of camp I can that I have made friends and best friends at those places. I only get to spend a week or two with those amazing people though. When I realized I would have a month with a group of fantastic unschoolers I was pretty dang happy.
After spending just 10 days with you all I can say I’ve never been happier to call a group of people my friends. Already I’ve had experiences and moments I will cherish. I’ve already cried on shoulders, laughed until my stomach hurt, danced until I was tired, improved my writing, found another passion, ate until my tummy hurt, walked around¬†at 5 AM, been loud until I had to be told be quiet, cuddled until I fell asleep, listened until bedtime, bounced, ran, smiled, giggled, got tickled until I screamed, was comforted by someone that cares about me, played, directed, filmed, held in laughter, spent all of the money ever, shopped with lovely people, been bruised and everything else.
Things make me happy and will make me happy for the rest of my life because of you. Pineapples, spitting out peanuts in the toilet, nutella, blue hair, 7 eleven, cleaning the kitchen, filming things, dancing outside bars, culty coffee shops, saying sorry and everything else that you’ve done that’s made me smile.
Thanks for caring about me. I can’t express how grateful I am for your existence. I really can not tell you how much I care about you guys and how much you’ve done for me by just being a friend. I love you guys. I’m missing you all.
Your friend Sage

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