Over this summer I have come to learn:
- that life is a precious and fragile gift to behold. Don't be reckless with it.
- that nothing is too small or simple of an action or gift not to receive a thank you note; send them for anything and everything.
- that hospitals really are pretty sucky.
- that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, and that eight days is not near enough time to see even a portion of it.
- that it is possible to have both the best and worst summer of your entire life at the same time.
- that once you start crying, stopping the tears can seem the most insurmountable task, but they gradually slow down until you're okay again.
- that a slumber party with your favorite girlfriends can help put everything into perspective.
- that spending an entire day in an art museum sounds like some kind of paradise.
- that sometimes the most honorable thing you can do is get back up after you fall down.
- that French people can dress better than you. They always have and they always will. Just do your best to emulate them in every way.
- that men and women think more differently than you even thought.
- that music has the power to heal.
- that it's possible to be stung by a bee in the middle of the ocean.
- that your grandparents make inappropriate jokes sometimes too.
- that nurses are God's gift to the medical profession.
- that it is no fun at all to see loved ones hurting, whether physically, emotionally, or both.
- that totaling your car can somehow be the most minor tragedy of your entire summer.
- that macarons are the most delicious sweet in the entire world, especially lemon.
- that someone may just want to spend time with you as much as you want to spend time with them.
- that heartbreak can be felt physically, too.
- that mosquitos are the devil's bug.
- that your best friends' significant others can be some of the most amazing friends too.
- that not even you know what you'll want or need in a crisis, so you can't expect anyone else to either.
- that people are growing up, getting older, and moving on. And that's okay.
- that driving the 610 Loop is the perfect way to show off your new car, get a good look at your favorite city, and spend 38 miles just catching up with someone.
- that you're going to be okay. Maybe not right now. But eventually, things will get better.
all my love,