I have given this some thought, and I decided to write a special birthday message for my friend, Antonia. Because she is a special friend, she deserves a special birthday message. Without further ado, I'll get started.
Antonia, we have known each other since December 2015, when I had my old account, ChiliPepperLuv. You were sixteen, and I was nineteen. It seems like just yesterday when we were both teenagers. Where has all this time gone?
Over the past five years, you have shown me what true friendship is. You've shown it in the way you think so highly of your best friend, Paul. You've shown it in the way you've defended your friends from bullies. You even stood up for me when I was bullied on the Random club. You've shown me true friendship when you comforted me during my depression when I finally faced reality that my boyfriend and I were over. You've shown it in the way you supported me when my dog, Peanut Butter, passed away in May 2018, when my grandfather passed away two months later, and when my uncle passed away the day before Valentine's Day this year.
I know I have shown my fair share of support. I remember how we cried together when your first dog, Diesel, passed away. We also cried together when you lost both of your grandmothers.
We learned a lot about each other in five years. I have opened up to you about my autism, and you never shamed me for it. I was glad you opened up to me about the fact you used to practice self-harm. It made me feel good to know you felt safe opening up to me. I was also glad to know that you were available for me to talk to when I learned that I was asexual. You were the only person I knew at the time who knew exactly how I was feeling.
Most of all, I admire that in spite of everything you've been through, you never became bitter. Don't ever change, Antonia. We would all be heartbroken if you did. Happy Birthday, Antonia! I love you. 💚