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Every year for my birthday I have a group of friends over to stay the night. The girls in this photo are all my friends that decided to party with me. The photo was taken on my 11th birthday party. My mom was taking the picture saying “smile big.” We always had so much food and games to play at these parties. My friends and I were all just excited to eat the cake. I guess you could say we were all hungry and ready for a sugar overload. The girls in the photo are not just any ordinary people, for these girls were my childhood best friends.

My friends pictured are Bailey Young, Carley McCloskey, Katelyn Schreckenghaust, Karleigh Frame, and Baylie Bryan. When we were all together under the same roof, no one could stop our craziness. In this photo I’m thinking about how my mom has already taken 700 photos; my mom likes her camera too much. I was eleven, so all that’s on my mind is that cake. However, I knew of all the laughing and dancing that would happen that night. I’m sure we only got about four hours of sleep that night. Another thing that was not in my head but instead in heart was how much I loved my friends.

I did about everything with these girls growing up.They knew how to make me laugh, make me smile, and make me feel important. I went to their house, and they also came to mine. I usually got in trouble with these girls, but that didn’t stop me from hanging out with them. They created for me some of the greatest, craziest memories. For example, one time I went to Karleigh’s, and her brother zipped me up in a duffel bag, and I couldn’t get out. He claims he did it for the game hide and seek, but I don’t believe that. One night all of us girls stayed the night together, and we wanted cereal at about two in the morning. As we looked for the bowls, I came up with the great idea of just using pots instead. Therefore, all my friends and I were eating cereal out of huge cooking pots very early in the morning. Crazy memories, such as the two mentioned, happened all the time with these type of friends.

Looking back at this photo, I realize as time goes on things change quickly. The kitchen in the background is almost unrecognizable, and I look like a stranger. My family redid my kitchen and I have grown up. I realize that as time changed so do people. All these girls have grown up to be beautiful teenage girls. We don’t have bangs or wear side ponytails anymore. Although these girls have changed, they will always have a place in my heart. I still talk to all the girls pictured and we are all still friends. Our friendships may have grown apart a little  in different ways, but we are told to make new friends and keep the old. Although my friend circle has grown and changed. I will forever remember my childhood best friends.

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17 Responses to “Changing over time”

  1. Hannah Plauschin on October 2nd, 2018 7:56 am

    Great article, McKayla! I can relate to this very much. I have a few of my best childhood friends that I used to hang out all the time with but we have gradually grown apart as time goes. However, we do make sure to get together every once in a while and catch up on life. You’re was very emotional and descriptive. Great job!

  2. Brannyn Spencer on October 2nd, 2018 8:23 am

    It is crazy how things change but the memories are always the same. I like how you explained the great times you have spent together and how they are still your friends. Time flies and before you know it, you will be graduating high school. Great article McKayla.

  3. Robert Fitch III on October 2nd, 2018 10:22 am

    Great article McKayla! I loved how you expressed hat was going through your mind on you 11th birthday. You make the story so much more enjoyable when we can put ourselves in your shoes.

  4. Katelyn Schreckenghaust on October 3rd, 2018 7:54 am

    I loved reading this article because it reminded me of all the memories we made. I’m glad that we have all remained friends after all of these years, and it’s nice to remember all of the fun we had as kids. Great article, McKayla!

  5. Alex Myers on October 4th, 2018 7:52 am

    Great article McKayla! Way to describe the memories of when you were younger, especially in such detail. We all have those friends that we grew up with and got in trouble with, but sadly some of us grow apart and move on to new friends. This article was a great read because it reminded me of my childhood best friends and memories.

  6. Crystal Villanueva on October 4th, 2018 11:22 am

    Great article! It’s crazy how some of your closest friends from grade school can be distant, but you’ll always remeber all the memories you guys had when you were younger. I can really relate with what you wrote about your friends. I also liked how you said even if you aren’t as close as you were you still all talk and are friends.

  7. Mackenzie Stotler on October 4th, 2018 11:22 am

    I can relate to this article. I have become even closer to my childhood best friends and some of them I don’t even talk to anymore because we all have our own things going on. I liked how you talked about the memories you had. This was a good article to read.

  8. Delaney Zeck on October 4th, 2018 11:24 am

    Great article, McKayla! I can relate to this article a lot because I have a lot of childhood friends that I have grown up with for the past couple of years. I like how you explained some of the fun things you all did as kids.

  9. Kyndal Silcox on October 4th, 2018 11:25 am

    I love this article McKayla! I can tell this article means a lot to you and it should because it’s so good.I also loved seeing how all the girls have changed over the years(:. Keep writing these articles. I would love to read more of them.

  10. Chloe Crozier on October 4th, 2018 11:28 am

    Mckayla your such a good writer. I love how you described your thoughts. I loved that when I read this it took me back to my childhood and all my friends that i grew up with.

  11. Kate on October 4th, 2018 12:05 pm

    I love how heartfelt this story is. It was relatable and so cute. Great story!

  12. Jordyn on October 4th, 2018 12:27 pm

    Great article!! I like how you explained what was going through your mind on your 11th birthday. I think everyone can relate to having childhood friends they’re still close with. Keep up the good writing!!

  13. Lauren Hileman on October 4th, 2018 10:45 pm

    This is a very well written article. I can personally attest that is more than true. Memories are the best way to add voice to your story. I can recall to many crazy conversations and memories with dressing up and swimming parties at your house. I miss those days. Thanks for the memory spark

  14. Josie Woolever on October 5th, 2018 11:09 am

    Great article McKayla! It’s crazy how fast time goes by and how things change but the memories last forever. Reading this brought back memories I have with people I haven’t spoken to in years! It’s really crazy how time changes things and people.

  15. Bella Panmei on October 11th, 2018 12:14 pm

    You are absolutely right about growing up and changing; from friends to house decor. I liked how you added one of your memories that you encountered with you best friends and I’m glad to hear you guys are still close. This was a really sweet and heart-felt article. Keep it up Kayla!

  16. Kyah Preston on October 31st, 2018 1:28 pm

    Great article!! It really impacted me because obviously I am not that young but I seen how things change and how you have to cherish all your memories!!

  17. Katelynn foust on November 13th, 2018 1:27 pm

    Such a great story.

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