Mr. Del Monte
7 March 2012
What is the meaning of “best friends forever”? Is the bond of a friendship one that lasts eternally? A day? A month? Or a year? Needless to say, everyone needs a best friend. Everyone wishes they had one, and almost everyone can be one. Best friends are always there for you; when you are down or having problems, they stick up for you no matter what, always having your back, through thick or thin. Nothing can sabotage the strong bond that lies between best friends, not even death. Brenda was my parents’ goddaughter. Our parents were best friends, so it only made sense that she and I were best friends as well. Brenda was a year older than me and I saw her as a guide. While we were growing up, whenever she would get new Barbies, I had to have new Barbies, and when she learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, I had to do the same. She was triumphant in all that we did; hide-and-seek and tag and duck, duck, goose and jump rope. I was always envious. Regardless of my jealousy, I had a feeling we were going to be best friends forever. Looking back at the photo, I see two little girls, two best friends. It was taken about eleven years ago, inside Our Lady of Albanians Church, located in Michigan USA. In front of an altar there is a little girl posing for a picture beside Brenda, with her right arm over Brenda’s shoulder. That girl was me. Time has changed a lot for the girls in the picture. As I analyze the photo, everything looks so foreign and strange. I barely recognize the scenery. Not the white cloth, with its’ beautiful design, covering the wooden altar at the front of the church. Not the glass stained windows with each window having a different colorful design. Not the big picture frame behind the altar, which is difficult to recall, although an angel is somewhat visible. As I recall, it was a special day, one that symbolized somebody’s faith. Brenda, dressed in white from...