Where we last left off the story Mason and I were very close friends.
In October I sent him a package since it was his 15th birthday. In the package was a hamburger press (since he loves to make burgers), a shark themed Cape Cod magnet (with his name on it), a microwave cake (a nod to his Chopped Junior dessert basket) and some bags of delicious Cape Cod Chips. Most importantly there was a friendship bracelet which symbolizes that no matter what happens we will be friends forever. On his birthday I called him from my Grampi’s house to say Happy Birthday and he told me the bracelet was his favorite part of the gift and he is happy to have me as a friend.
On Thanksgiving I posted how thankful I was to have him as a friend and he replied he is very happy to have me as a friend too.
In December we sent each other Christmas gifts. He sent me an Emoji pancake pan, a kindness Advent Calendar, a cook ware Christmas Ornament, his mom’s homemade Apple Butter and some California fresh mandarins. (Man, were those fruits delicious! They became my new favorite fruit!) I sent him a homemade tree ornament that had messages like “BFF” and “Through Thick & Thin” on it, Chocolate Poker Chips and Harry Potter Playing Cards. We both thought it was funny that we used the same pic of us in our Friendship Bracelets for our Christmas Card.
In January he sent me his family’s year in review letter which I liked since it felt like a was a family friend too.
In March when Universal posted “Tag Your BFF” and tell them why they are your friend, I tagged Mason and said that no matter what we will always be friends. He replied by saying. “You know it Max.” When I asked him how I was always there for him, he said I was always rooting for him and was a fan that turned out to be a great friend as well. And in this same month I posted MY OWN SEASON OF MASTERCHEF JR WITH HIM IN IT. Mason said he loved it.
In May it was my 23rd Birthday. Mason posted a video telling everyone to wish me a Happy Birthday 😊. Since due to a short illness I had to postpone going to meet him in San Francisco I called a 2nd time to say hi. Mason said he was still super excited to meet me and how he loves how I always create posts about him and other kid cooks.
In June 8th, Best Friends Day, I posted how he is truly my best friend and how happy it make me to know we will be friends forever. He replied by saying I am one of the nicest people he knows😊.
Later that month I got to meet Mason and his mom in San Francisco! It was an amazing experience. We met for a nice dinner at the restaurant Nopa. When I first saw him I was super happy and got up to give him a big hug. We talked a lot about the different shows he was on and he told me that I am like a part of his family. Then Mason said something amazing about friendship. He said Real Friends will always accept you for who you are and if someone wants you to change to be friends with them they are not real friends.(Note he is just 15 years old 😊) I really like that wisdom.
After dinner we gave each other gifts. We exchanged baseball hates. I also gave him a GeoSearch hat from my Aunt Annie’s company, a keychain with his name on it, his favorite candy bar and a backup Friendship Bracelet incase the original breaks. (turns out it had broken and Mason was very grateful for the replacement!)
Mason gave me all sorts of kitchen gadgets and we played “What The Heck Is This Thing For!” This was really fun. My cousin Katie and mother both were stumped a lot. He also gave me a Kindness Coin. I was so touched I stood up and we gave each other a big hug right over the table😊. After that we went out to take some pics
While we were outside I was really happy when Mason said he supported the LGBT community. Then I got really emotional talking to him and I told him I really has happy to have him as a friend. And how before I knew him it was really hard for me to make new friends. I told him he is my best friend and he gave me a very nice hug and told me he understood and I was his friend too. Then we took lots of good pics and we gave each other a nice hug goodbye. Later Mason posted about the visit and said, “It was super great to meet you tonight, you are joy and it was great to have a meal with my best friend!”
More recently Mason posted that I am a very positive kid and I should always believe in myself. Overall our friendship remains strong and I know we will be friends forever.