College is not a quiet place. It's not quiet when you have to wake up at 6 a.m. for tennis workouts and it's not quiet when you and your roommate are sleepers rather than party animals (we still had a blast). College is not quiet when you get infested with bugs. College is not quiet when you live in a room so small you try to rearrange your room a dozen times to figure out where to put your bed.
College can leave you with things you soon forget and often don't mind forgetting. You don't forget the people you grew up with, the ones who love you and who you stay connected with no matter where you go.
You don't forget the roommate who becomes a sister and calls you her own even though she already has five. You don't forget the times you stayed up and counted your dreams and dished out your fears and found someone else who said, "Me, too."
In the end, quiet is good, but in the loud, flurry of life we meet experiences and people who will always stick out among the clamor.
Happy Birthday Tomorrow to a sweet sister :).
*Linking up for Five Minute Friday on the topic: Quiet