A few days ago, my confused little sister came up to me nearly in tears because she was confused (and distressed) by this quote. She thought that it was saying that she doesn’t have any friends because no one has thrown a snowball at her face. Her literal interpretation was quite funny in my opinion, so I started laughing at her.
Yeah, she started crying harder….
When I was able to finally calm her down, I tried explaining to her that the quote doesn’t mean that you have to have a person whip a snowball in your face to be good friends with you. What it was really saying is that friendships happen in weird situations at unexpected times. I’m not really sure if she understood, but she nodded and walked away. Ever since then, I have been thinking about this quote a lot.
Friendships are one of the most bizarre phenomena that occur on Earth. They spring up on you when you least expect them too – often under the strangest circumstances and in the oddest places. Sometimes they are a desperately needed gift the universe gives you to make you laugh uncontrollably when you are feeling down. Other times, friendships are like that pesky wad of gum on the bottom of your shoe that you slowly come to tolerate and, after many adventures together, become too attached to to remove. As confusing as they may seem, the one thing they all share are the feelings of joy and understanding that they give us.
I’d like to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all my friends. Lately, they have all been a great help in pushing me through the hell that is Junior year. I can always count on them for a good laugh, a shoulder to cry on, and a good embarrassment. (You need one every-so-often. It builds character.)
Aren’t friends just whoop-dee-doo awesome? Yes! So, let them know it! They make up a meager group of people in this world who actually understand you; the probability of meeting another snowball chucking companion is a long-shot.
I want to give a shout-out to one friend in particular who devotedly follows my writing here on inCon and never told me about it until a few days ago. Thank you for supporting my writing and always sending me pictures of the calculus worksheets because I always lose my homework! Thank you SO much!
— Nicole, 3.12.18