Our Story

Caroline and Me

So I have been talking with Caroline, and we wanted to share our story with the world. Since I started blogging and this community has grown, I decided it was time for a heart-to-heart. It is really hard to describe our relationship because it is difficult to put into words the deep friendship and strong connection that we have, but I am going to do my best (and Caroline please add on!).

 

In the Beginning

Our friendship began at a 4th of July party when I was in fifth grade (early 2000’s). We are really close in age so we immediately connected. We spent the day playing games, talking, eating delicious food, and watching fireworks together. Every time our parents got together, we embarked on some new adventure. She always kept me up to date on the best movies. We both hate gory movies so I always knew her recommendations would be perfect! I shared my favorite songs with her, and we could spend hours just dancing around her room. For me, it was just another day with a great friend. I had no idea the impact she would have on my life in the years to come.

As Time Goes On

With time, our lives changed and we started having more difficult things pop into our lives. From boyfriends (mostly Caroline’s, she’s the boy magnet out of the two of us) and relationship uncertainties to graduations and celebrations, we have been through so much together. No matter what has gone on in my life, I have always known that I can talk to Caroline about anything. She taught me what unconditional love and genuine character is and has always been one of my strongest cheerleaders. I can only hope I have given back to her what she has been to me.

Throughout high school, I attended some really fun events with Caroline. We had a local program called Eddie’s Club where I hogged her as a buddy so we could do our nails, craft, and play baseball together. Mixing that experience with getting to know her mom (Mrs. A), a phenomenal special education teacher, I decided to pursue becoming a special education teacher. I wanted to spend the rest of my life creating adventures with the most genuine people in the world.

Here and Now

Even now, with more miles between us than ever, she still supports me right when I need it. After one of the worst weeks, I came home to find a beautiful poem from Caroline in my mailbox. Her inspirational words brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of why I teach. When I have a bad day, I always message Caroline or dig back into some of the keepsakes I have to find inspiration.

To this day she is one of the closest friends I have and is always checking in to see how I am doing. She has been there for me in every huge event of my life, and I have am a better person because of her influence and inspiration. She taught me that all people deserve to be treated equally and deserve a chance. God created us all in His perfect image, therefore we are all perfect just the way we are. I am so grateful to have her in my life, now and forever.

Words from Caroline

I asked Caroline a few months back if she could tell the world anything, what would it be. Her words are the perfect way to sum it all up:

“I would tell them that if you had a disability you can achieve anything and is not what’s on the outside it’s about what’s on the inside.” -Caroline