David Hixson,

You're all that is pure and beautiful and honest in life. I just love you so much.

I'm thankful to have a friend that was able to look at me in my most awkward years and say 'me too'. Learning what I am (or rather, who I am) was much easier, knowing I wasn't alone. You have and will forever hold a place in my heart that sings a song of gratitude and hope.

I legitimately don't know how I would survive without you. The times spent around Aunt Carolyn's cooking are some of the best memories I have. Booji creepin' around our cabin in Kentucky. Mentoring middle school dudes like bosses. Turtle. Harry Potter movie marathons. Moving across the country and back and back again. Telling you about my first real relationship. Hiking together. Celebrating med school and all of your amazing accomplishments. I could go on and on and on. 

David, I hope we're friends forever and ever. I want to watch you fall in love and become a doctor and save the world and have children and make stupid mistakes and celebrate victories and ultimately just grow old together. 

Thank you for being afraid sometimes. It has helped me face my own fears.

Thank you for loving yourself. You continue to teach me how to love myself better.

Thank you for Moose. She's a bundle of joy (and terror) that I never knew I needed. 

Thank you for love and hugs, even when I didn't deserve it.

Thank you for understanding me like few others do.

David, I am so proud of you. I love every single part of who you are. I always will.