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  • It all started in my hometown.

  • We had a pretty big house,

  • with about three floors all for ourselves.

  • My grandpa ran a school where my grandma worked as a teacher,

  • so between school hours

  • they tutored kids at home.

  • It was only 10 children at the very beginning,

  • but it quickly grew to over 150.

  • I was just three years old at the time,

  • so instead of learning like all the other older kids,

  • I just stared at them through the windows.

  • Then, one day,

  • I saw him.

  • A new student.

  • His name was Jonas.

  • We were close enough in age,

  • that we eventually started talking to each other.

  • We were just classmates at the start,

  • but soon we became really close.

  • He used to stay back even after all his friends left,

  • just to play with me.

  • He was fun, sweet,

  • but most of all he was really kind.

  • I don't remember much since I was so young,

  • but I remember he was my best friend.

  • But then, one night,

  • my mom sat me down and told me something that would change all of that.

  • We were moving to another country.

  • I was too small to understand why we were moving,

  • but I knew I was about to lose my best friend.

  • The good thing was,

  • every summer vacation

  • we'd be back to visit my grandparents.

  • So, with luck,

  • I'd be able to see him at least once a year too.

  • This was how we caught up every year until I reached fifth grade,

  • and our family faced some money problems, and we just

  • couldn't make it to visit my grandparents.

  • There was no way for him to know

  • I wouldn't be back this year,

  • and I became scared that he would think I abandoned him and forget about me.

  • But eventually, it was me who forgot about him.

  • It had been three years since our last vacation,

  • and I was distracted by the new life and people that I had found.

  • Finally, when I was in 8th,

  • we went to meet my grandparents,

  • and I was so happy.

  • I changed a lot and became a more social person,

  • so I easily interacted with the kids of my age.

  • A few minutes later, I saw a guy who looked familiar.

  • I asked one of my friends who he was,

  • and she replied, "oh that's Jonas.

  • Isn't he cute?

  • Girls in our school are head over heels for him."

  • Honestly, I stopped listening after she said the nameJonas”,

  • because all these memories suddenly came flooding back.

  • I was shocked.

  • And, I remembered that he was the one.

  • The one that I forgot.

  • And, the flash of memories turned to guilt.

  • After that day, I kept dreaming about him, day and night.

  • All I wanted for the moment was to see him.

  • The next year, when I came back for my vacation,

  • there he was.

  • He hadn't changed one bit except he was taller,

  • and this time, he had love in his eyes.

  • We talked for hours and hours,

  • sharing stories with each other about our lives apart.

  • Time flew by so quickly,

  • and with two days left before I would leave Jonas again,

  • I decided I would confess.

  • So, the very next day,

  • I sat him down and told him,

  • “I know we've fallen distant, and

  • I don't know if you feel the same way, but

  • …I love you

  • and then ran away.

  • The next day,

  • I was watching tutoring sessions, when I saw Jonas.

  • But, he didn't even look at me.

  • I was heartbroken and thought

  • maybe I was too forward with my feelings,

  • maybe he had lost interest after all those years apart.

  • Suddenly, I heard his voice from behind,

  • and he told me he had been waiting for the day when he'd finally be able to say,

  • “I love you too”,

  • and my heart nearly jumped out of my chest.

  • I didn't know what to do.

  • I skipped away, nearly falling over,

  • half laughing and half crying.

  • I could have stayed in that moment forever.

  • But, then I had to leave.

  • So, we said our goodbyes,

  • shared a hug that was long overdue,

  • and promised that we'd wait for each other.

  • The following year,

  • every day that passed felt slower and slower, as I missed him more and more.

  • I counted down the days until our vacation,

  • or really, until I could see him again.

  • And when the day finally came,

  • he came rushing to meet me.

  • I couldn't hold my tears when I hugged him.

  • When I pulled back to see his face properly for the first time in a year,

  • he leaned in and kissed me on the cheek, and I froze.

  • My heart was beating so fast.

  • There were a thousand butterflies in my stomach.

  • After spending many days together,

  • the day came when I had to leave again.

  • It had been almost exactly a year since he said the words “I love you”,

  • and although it didn't feel like we had spent any time apart,

  • I wasn't ready to leave him.

  • The night before my flight, sitting near a pond,

  • we talked about the next time we'd see each other,

  • maybe in a year, but

  • maybe a lot later.

  • My eyes swelled, and jokingly said,

  • maybe you could come visit me.”

  • And before I knew it,

  • he held my face in his hands, and gently pressed his lips against mine.

  • And that was it,

  • my very first kiss with my first love.

  • It was the happiest and saddest night of my life.

  • And that's what keeps me positive,

  • despite my family's problems and symptoms of depression,

  • knowing that he's there for me despite being a thousand miles away

  • is what helps me get through all the hard times.

  • I'm one of the lucky ones

  • whose first love has worked out,

  • but it doesn't have to be a boy, just having someone,

  • something you love to hold onto

  • is what's important.

It all started in my hometown.

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