"These are my friends. They mean everything to me"
photo by Elbel
For three years now, I've been stockpiling images and short videos in a file full of pictures of my friends. It's on google drive in a massive digital pile and I've never really looked all the way through it, When I graduate high school this year I think I'll go to a Costco and print them all out so I can put them in a scrapbook that will hopefully never be opened, except to add to it. I put them all there just in case I ever get really down. It's a fail- safe I suppose. Hopefully, it'll only ever be used to laugh and reminisce.
Every time I open it, it's sappy, but I really can't help but smile. My friends are all the best. They're a group of the most entertaining and adorable nerds and the best times of my life have been with these guys, surviving high school one grin and bad pun at a time. If I'm ever sad or lonely, they're always there, and when I do dumb things they're there to contribute.
The folder gets bigger weekly, it's at a few hundred photos; by the end of this school year, it should be a thousand. That's what picks me up, what makes me smile. Those times I've spent with my friends, the best people I will ever know, so much better than I could possibly ask for. So much kinder than I deserve.
photos of bottle on Robert Youngman sculpture below by Elbel
photo of thumbnail images in Elbel's google file, and below, single photo of friends