It was a Friday night and Rose lay sobbing on her bed. Her boyfriend, Ethan, who she had been dating for the last six months, just stood her up on their anniversary date. She could not believe it! He turned out to be nothing like she thought he was! He chose a girl he had just met over his girlfriend of six months! Who knew one little text could turn the world upside down? That was the worst part; they had been dating for half a year and he hadn’t even had the audacity to break up with her to her face! Although, some part of her was happy he had to decided to end things this way. She wasn’t sure what she would have done if he would have told her face to face! She might have broke down crying or she might have become very angry with him and acted out in ways she would later regret.
Rose decided she had spent enough time crying her eyes out over a guy that wasn’t even worth one of her tears, so she got up from her bed and went to her desk. She pulled out the bottom drawer, and took out her diary. She opened it up to the page where the red satin ribbon lay. She wiped her eyes with the back of her hand, and picked up a purple pen that was laying on her desk. She began writing furiously, “Dear diary, I have been thinking about love and what it means to me. I thought I knew, but today I realized I have never really known. What is love? How do we know when we are experiencing love? Why do I not feel loved? These are the questions that have been spinning in my head for the past hour. This is all I feel like writing for now. ~ Rose”
Weeks passed, and school was let out for summer. Rose was thankful she didn’t have to see Ethan flirting with his new girlfriend Amelia everyday. It made her sick and she swore he purposely did it when he knew she was watching. She was glad to be able and get away from it all. She would have plenty of opportunities to visit her favorite beach and lay out all day and soak up the sun. It would be different, not having Ethan laying there next to her complaining about the sun beating down on him. He would then start complaining that he was becoming sunburnt and it was starting to blister. I would have to rub him with suntan lotion just so he would stop whining. That was definitely not one of the better memories of their relationship, but it was better than feeling lonely.
Rose was sprawled out on her beach towel and basking in the sun. She had just slipped into sleep when she felt cold water dripping on her face. She opened her eyes a little and squinted, but the sunlight was blinding. When her eyes finally adjusted, she saw a boy with beach blonde hair and light brown eyes grinning down at her. He was extremely fit and tan. Rose smiled back at him.
It was a Friday night and Rose was laying on her bed. She was laying on her back and smiling up at the ceiling. She had just gotten back from the most romantic date she had ever been on. She pulled out her journal from underneath her pillow. She began to write, “Dear diary, a lot has happened since I last wrote in you. The most amazing thing has happened to me, actually. His name is James and we met this summer on the beach. I’ve never had such a great time on the beach before! There was no complaining about the sun being too hot. There was only laughter and smiles the whole time. He cares more about me than anyone ever has in my life. He even put sunscreen on my nose because it looked a little red. Ethan never treated me like this. I feel like a princess when I am with James. I believe I may be able to answer the questions I wrote in here on my last entry. My answer to my first question is love is anything you want it to be. It is personalized just for you. My second answer is that we know we are experiencing love when we are glowing from the inside out. You know when you want to spend every waking second with them. The answer to my last question is that I was completely wrong. I do feel very much loved by my family. I have learned a lot about love in the last few weeks and I feel good about what has happened in my life. Life works in mysterious ways, and I believe that is why Ethan dumped me and James found me. Love, Rose”
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