dedicating this post to my cousin.
ever since i was little, i always looked up to you. you were my idol; "when i grow up, i wanna be like ate." i remember when i first came here to the states, i clung onto you like an annoying little girl. always taking your toys.. i remember you were so mad i kept doing that. and yet you still let me play with them(: and as the years passed, being the youngest of my three ates, you were always the ate that hung out with us younger kids. played games with us til the wee hours of the morning... power rangers and "haunted house" and zoom-inspired games and such. you were always the ate that took us out during the long boring summer days. to some random tiny zoo in orange county... to rite aid for one dollar ice cream. anything to pass the time! throughout all these childhood memories, i always thought you were the best. i love you for still hanging out with us younger kids, even though you were a lot older. i admire you for being such a beautiful person inside and out, for being intelligent and fun. i love you for always being there for me to do my hair for formals and such. and most of all, i have always admired you for being so strong. ive seen you go through ups and downs in your life. and ive always seen you come out of every single tough situation, and owning it in the face. youre a person who always perseveres and always comes out successful. and after all your struggles, you always come out a stronger person. i believe that you are strong. i KNOW that you are strong, ate. "absence makes the heart grow fonder" they say. who knows, it just might be true :] things are a lot easier said than done, i know. but you have so many people around you that love you, me included. so i hope you dont feel completely alone. and i know im a lot younger, but i mean, we can go out and have lunch or dinner, or watch a movie, or go bowling, or go shopping, or something. hahah. im down for anything :] im a real believer in true love, ate. and i believe.. somehow. someway. love will find a way ♥