Jared was my best friend for many years. It seemed like we knew each other for forever until recently, now it seems like it was only a short while. Compared to how long many of you knew Jared, it was a short amount of time.
I first met Jared in high school when his family moved here from California. Jared was fun and outgoing, instantly making him popular. I was the exact opposite. I was quiet, and nervous when talking to new people. Jared helped me to become more outgoing. Jared taught me a lot of things.
Jared taught me how to play sports and to be more outgoing and talkative. The more time I spent with Jared, the more I came out of my shell. Jared was one of those people that you could talk to for hours on end without getting bored. I would think it had been only twenty minutes until I would look at the clock and realize that it had been three hours. It was hard to be quiet and shy around Jared.
Jared also taught me how to be a good friend. He showed me that friends are always there for each other, through both the good times and the bad. Jared believed in that, and he stuck to those words. No matter how my life was going, Jared was there on both the sunny days and through the thunderstorms. Jared was someone that you could always count on to be there. He was one of two people that I had like that outside of family, and I will forever remember him for that.
One last thing that Jared taught me was how to cook some of his favorite meals. He majored in the culinary arts, and loved to cook.
In honor of that, I’ve taken the time to prepare a few of his favorite recipes in addition to a large dinner that is waiting for us all at his grandmother’s house. I would love to see everyone there, and everyone that wants to come is more than welcome. There is plenty of food available.
Thank you all for coming to show your respect to Jared today.