A tally for when we met;
I'm so thankful you befriend me.
A tally for having commonalities:
Music, Books, Shows, Culture.
A tally for being such a beautiful person,
Inside and out,
That I feel better being near you.
Two tallies for accepting me,
Conspiring with me
When I schemed
To turn everyone into squirrels.
A tally for sleepovers with secrets.
For bruises that match,
For inside laughs...
For getting how I communicate
Because no one seems to understand.
A tally for late nights, lonely nights,
Being there when I need you,
When I need a shoulder to soak.
A tally for helping me when I can't
Carry the burdens that weigh
On my shoulders, my mind, my heart.
A tally for remembering
My birthday and other significant days;
Remembering words that we've shared.
And tolerating me
When I repeat and repeat stories
Too many times.
A tally for growing with me.
Learning with me,
Expanding our persons
Beyond all expectations.
For giving your opinion
When you think, when you know,
But not condemning me for it.
A tally for loving me
Like a sister
Even though we met
In the eighth grade.
P.S. I love you, too.
Ten tallies for being you
The way no one else could be.
I have many more tallies to give
But here's one more until later,
For I seem to be out of space:
A tally for being my best friend,
For putting a smile on my face.