Day 35: 60 Letters of Gratitude

Miami, Florida
“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” -Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Dear Tanishuwa,

You were my friend during one of the hardest times in my life. Thank you. You were the complete opposite of me and people never understood why we were friends but we shared so much in common that it truly only made sense that God made us neighbors and friends. If it were not for you I probably would have spent way more time on the internet than I needed to. Thank you. Thank you for encouraging me to join the auxiliary. I would have never done much outside of the bible club if it were not for you. Thank you. High school was hard for all the normal reasons and all that I had going on at home but it was very helpful to have someone who was going through just as much to share with.

In many ways, you were like my younger older sister and you shared what you learned from your older sister. Thank you. You were always down to go on adventures which made life less boring. Like the time we walked from the house to red bird mall only to realize there was no way we were walking back. You were right there with me on my very first date ever even though I do not think we can really call that a date. Thank you. Thank you for introducing me to your grandparents who introduced me to gumbo, God I love gumbo. Thank you.

Your family was very much my family and vice versa for you. It really worked out for our moms that we could ride to school together even though sometimes we had to ride the bus and we were often late for practice. I am forever grateful to your mom for all that she did for us. Thank you for taking me to your chemistry teacher when my teacher told me I could not come back to class. Thank you for introducing me to Roc I do not know what I would do without her. Thank you for being my friend. I was not a very nice person all the time because I was very hurt and you hung out with me despite that. Thank you.

Thank you for forgiving me every time I wronged you. Thank you for all the times you shared food with me. Thank you for being someone I could call on if someone was doing me wrong. Thank you for being the coolest dorm mate the only time I ever stayed in a dorm. Thank you for inviting me to go with you to that program at SMU I learned a lot and got to meet a lot of cool people. Thank you for reuniting me with my kindergarten buddy Jonathan. There is so much I am grateful for that you have done. Your self-confidence and attitude alone I am grateful for. While most people felt you were cocky I appreciated your self-love because I had very little. Thank you. I pray that you, your mother, and sisters are blessed. I pray that you are able to see all your dreams and desires come true. I pray that you have abundant peace and joy. Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you.



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