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[Community] A drink to the years to come


Age of Youth

By babybeast

Dramas. They used to be my little secret. I would watch them late into the night under my blanket, my arm propped up by a couple of pillows. It was my little guilty pleasure that no one needed to know about. It was my daily “me time,” a time to indulge the introvert in me; a time to enter a different world of fun.

Then came Dramabeans. For a long time, I only ever read recaps and nothing else. But then I saw an announcement offering free Beanie points for completing a survey and my need for free things kicked in and I joined the survey event. With that survey, I fell down a rabbit hole–I was instantly sucked into the fun of Open Threads and the fanwall.

I cannot begin to express my love and gratitude for all the Beanies I have had the pleasure of interacting with. As some of you may know, I recently immigrated from my home country to a brand new place. My move meant I had to adjust to different cultures, practices, accents and make new friends. I didn’t adjust particularly well. I was horrible at making friends, could not pick up their accents properly, and didn’t share the same values or interests as them — I was an oddball who could not fit in. As such, I looked to Dramabeans for meaningful social interaction. The friendly replies to my posts, the virtual hugs I received, and other Beanies’ encouraging words made me feel like I was home. This was home.


Buam-dong Revenge Club

The community felt like family: the bunch of older sisters and brothers who stayed up late to cheer me up when I was down. The aunties who imparted their wisdom and knowledge onto me. The maknae line that didn’t hold back their overfilled glasses of love.

At some point, they were no longer just “online friends” I met because of Korean dramas. They were my family. There were nights I spent hours smiling like a fool while staring at my phone. I’d often stay up past 4 in the morning just so I’d be able to chat with my Beanie family. But it didn’t just stop there, thankfully. I now had family located all over the world who I desperately wanted to chat with in person. Family I needed to meet.

And that’s exactly what I did. Just this year, I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of Beanies over lunch during my time back home. No lie, it’s an experience and memory that I’ll always treasure.


Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju

The Beanie community is just so much fun. We have rad parties on fanwalls, chill music rooms, and there was even an intricately planned “wedding.” I couldn’t have asked for more, but somehow that wasn’t the end of everything I gained. Though most of my conversations with Beanies were initially drama or K-pop centered, the more I chatted with individual Beanies, the deeper our conversations grew. A few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how my views would be challenged in the most polite of manners and how my perspectives would be broadened. I became the person I currently am due to the meaningful interactions I have had with Beanies here.

I joined for the points, hung around for the drama fun, and stayed for the people.

So now that I’m legally an adult, I’d like to raise a glass to all Beanies. Thank you for filling the last of my teenage years with laughter and happiness. Here’s to many more happy years together!

I’d like to end with a quote from Sassy Go Go which aptly describes my last year with Beanies:

“Please remember this time. The passionate and painful moments when we were 18. We were us because of you. Because you were there, I was able to find strength. Because you were there, I was able to look inside myself and do better. Going forward, I’ll probably stumble. I’ll make mistakes because I’m clumsy, get hurt, and probably even cry. Even so, I won’t have any regrets. Today, we did our best to be happy.”


Sassy Go Go

 
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that such a sweet dedication to this lovely beanie land.. and obviously all the ahjumoni's (respected aunts) here are like so close to our heart as of we are their own kids.. and they take care of like one. I love this whole world just for that close bonding we have as a family (a big Kdramafamily)
lovely write up..

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totally!!!! i’m glad you enjoyed this write up! love you too!!!!!! (babyhugs)

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This is such a lovely write-up @babybeast. As one of the Beanies present at the lunch with you, I have to say it was one of the most fun days I have had in a long, long time. Thanks for messaging me despite your initial misgivings about meeting strangers. ^^ I'm very glad to have met you. The Beanie fam (me included) adores you and I bet IRL many people do too. *virtual hugs for the baby beast*

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i’ve said this like 10 times or more but i’m so so so so glad that I could meet you!!!!! it was a super duper fun experience!!
*awkward / embarrassed laughter* “misgivings about meeting strangers” dang i was such a baby then
*slinks away*

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No, no you should indeed be careful with your personal information and who you meet. 😄 *Don't slink away, brings you back*

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i hope you brought me back via the wrist-grab-and-turn tactic 😏

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😱 I'm way too respectful to do that to a baby (beast). No wrist grabbing happening here, shall I try to lure you with food instead?

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@greenfields YES food will work too!!!!!!

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Darlin’ @babybeast, you are just sweet as pie, and this write-up is so beautiful - it reflects your precious voice and thoughtful way of speaking perfectly. I love the quote and learning a bit more about your story. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for letting me be a little part of it. I love having you as a friend, dear.

P.S. The Sassy Go Go quote hit me right in my kokoro. Stob it.

P.P.S. Fighting! for your RL! Adjusting and changes are hard, but you can do it. *slips in a hug and Peruvian chocolate*

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*digs out the tea and the chocolate and all the other stuff you’ve slipped into my pocket today*
(thanks for spoiling me!!!)
*slips a babyhug back*
awww thank YOU bamsies for being a huge part of it!!!!! you know i love you very very much too!!!

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(You’re the baby, it’s practically my job to spoil you....)

*slinks away before you make me any softer and I melt*

*Although..

Some people are worth melting for

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dramabeans is a mature place where i feel like i shouldn’t be a kid and comment rubbish like keysmashes but dang that frozen quote hit the spot.
“FJSJDHJADJ”

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Okay, this is officially the sweetest thing ever. I might feel slightly teary-eyed right now and I haven't even had my first coffee yet.

Thanks so much for that write-up @babybeast!

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*passes you tissues through my sniffling*

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aWWWW cloggie!!!!! i hope you enjoy your coffee and depending on how you like your coffee i hope that wasn’t too much / was just enough sweetness for it!!!!! i miss you loads but don’t worry about us!! i’ll see you more on twt / here!! i hope life’s been great for you!!!

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Just the right amount of sweetness to go with my skinny latte.

Life's been good. I've been remarkably productive since I've cut back on my online existence, but I really missed chatting with you and the rest of the crew. Now if only there was some time-skip device so that I could do both things at the same time....

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that’s so true!! sigh i should really get off the internet i’m ashamed to say that i’m crazy unprepared for my test in like a day and a half.

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Cursed productivity : (

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Once this book comes out where the OTP is a woman and her Online Community, you'll be happy that I'm working ;-)

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Im happy youre working but i miss your personalized wisdom.

Im greedy.

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Okay, so now Beanies have made me tearful twice in one morning.

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Where’s the preorder button @cloggie?

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I see that @babybeast also got you pre-coffee. These youngsters are troublemakers.

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It made me laugh when I saw that you'd written something almost identical. Yeah, we ahjummas don't normally don't do emotions (other than annoyance or snark) before caffeine.

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This is why I shouldn't rabbit in the mornings

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Aaaand I'm crying. From one maknae to another, I love you, Bibimbap~ ❤

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frabbbbbbyyyyyyyyyyyyy
*maknae line hug + me clinging to you*
love you loads!!!!!! (and also that sweet nickname you gave me) (BUT my love for you exceeds my like for that)

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If we met in person, I'd probably never let go of you! 😂

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Best nickname.
BB my dumbling, I think you'll be Bibimbap from now on.

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I'll be your dumbling, your bibimbap, your anything.
I just want to be yours. ^_^

(#sorrybutnotquitesorryforflirting?)
(I'd like to think that I've been taught by the best)

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I guess the line starts with you, bibimbap.
No pushing.
😉

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My nickname has been stolen. I don't know how to feel~

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I want to pinch your cheeks. BB youre the sweetest cutest smartest baby.

But stop staying up til 4am. Says the pot to the kettle.

I hope you can enjoy uni and life now, and if things get rough you know where to find us always.

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(chants)
pinch them! pinch them! pinch them!
(i’m actually sitting in the library and smiling so that they’re especially puffy i probably look like a weirdo but whatever)
“you know where to find us always”
i think it’s super neat that i’ve got the greatest showman’s ost stuck in my head rn:
“and we will come back home, and we will come back hooomeee, hoooooomeeeeee againnnn”
i wuv you & thanks heaps for being part of this place i call home!!!!!!!!

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Girl, can you stop? I’m already a bundle of feelings, do NOT bring The Greatest Showman into this!!

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So I'm 24 which I'm pretty sure makes me Dramabeans Maknae Line still- MAKNAE LINE WADDUP!!

This was really sweat @babybeast, I definitely relate to a lot of it (especially the late night Beanie convos), and bless you for quoting Sassy Go Go, I love that little drama.

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SICCCCCCC!!! i’m sure @frabbycrabsis would also love to extend the line to include you!!!!!!
and late night convos. sigh.
why does time difference have to be a thing??

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(I don't know what counts as Maknae Line so I just decided I'm still in it LOL)
HIIII. Uhm because physics I think lol. Rotation of the Earth something like that. It's annoying af hahahaha

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I mean, deciding the limits of the Maknae Line is a big decision...

We should consult the stars.

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Please let me know if I make it into Maknae Line. I shall check back in again later to see progress. Or if I just get to be middle child. Which is fine. I am a middle child irl. lol

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frabs probably can't see any stars rn due to the time difference but I'm looking out the window and hmm there doesn't seem to be any stars protesting your entry. YOURE IN I GUESS!
(big welcome x maknae line hug)

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Woohooo!!!! *MAKNAE PARTAY*

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@babybeast, yeah they were metaphorical stars! 😆

Welcome to the Maknae Line (which transforms into a conga line twice weekly).

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When do I become NOT Maknae Line anymore? @ 25? Lol
Also that hilariously, because I am also a Queen, makes me a Maknae Leader. MWAHAHAHA

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@sicarius NEVER!!! well technically when the age demographics of this website changes then we’ll all move together to the middle child line!!!
and yes. QUEEN MELONA SIC OF MAKNAE LINE. here, an imaginary coconut melona for your highness’s late night snack.

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@sicarius, we should do a survey. As long as we're in the bottom 10%, we're maknaes.

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@frabbycrabsis I did do one a couple of years back!!! but only 19 people responded and the average was 26/27 at that point so it probably increased??

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Some people don't like giving their age so you would have to do a survey by age range if at all

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Huh, I would have thought it was higher than that. A lot of my favourites here are ahjummas, after all.

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Aww, BB.
You've rendered me speechless, which some people may have said was not possible. This was as sweet as you are.
😍 😘 🥰

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awwwww!!
Rendered LT Speechless Achievement Unlocked!
thanks heaps for being a super cool & honestly inspiring /mate/!!!!

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this is the most beautiful love letter I've ever read and I read everything @mindy writes about lmk so the bar is pretty high.
god, wow. I love you, BB. I hope we see each other IRL soon.

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to have written a love letter more beautiful than min is wayyy too high and undeserving praise and the fact that it's coming from you is making me melt into even more of a puddle than I have already become bc of LT and everyone else's praise. I love you too, LS! please never stop messaging me until we finally manage to meet but even then, don't ever stop.

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You’re right but my writing is probably the most cringy thing to ever grace this website so that comparison really does a disservice to BB.

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ew a mindy comment i cant like, i hate

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Very beautiful writeup bb @babybeast 💝. Thank you for being you! *hugs*

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and thank YOU for being YOU, kat!!!!
HUGS BACK!!!
(I'm still super sorry about not continuing dazzling with you I still haven't had time sorry!!)

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No need to be sorry bb! Studies are way more important~ reward yourself with dramas when your exams are over 🤗

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Omo @babybeast, I just realised that one of my earliest Dramabeans comments was talking to you about what/how to pack when you're moving abroad. That was back in 2017... wow

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oh my... that does sound like a crazy long time ago.
but wow! #superhonoured to be one of the first people who the amazing cloggie talked to!!!!

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My first comment on Dramabeans was about Sassy Go Go, so this is all very nostalgic!

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Sassy Go Go was such a little gem 💕 ... now I want to rewatch...

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I think someone might be holding a rewatch of sassy go go sometime on rabbit!! i'll @ you if/when that happens!

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@saturtledaisy was interested, and I am so down for that.

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That's lovely 😘
Though I have no idea how rabbit works... and I'm afraid I won't have time for it 😭 😭😭 But we will see...

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Im still trying to figure out a schedule but i might try. Ive been wanting to rewatch anyway because i miss Chae Soo Bin.

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I've never watched it, but I will probably only be able to on weekends...
I almost never rabbit anymore. It was so fun before...

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Beautifully written. And soooo touching! 😘

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thank you!!! ^_^

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...and broadening horizons / perspectives is one of the reasons why I love DB so much...
(Shall I also admit that I watched Frozen because I first heard about it on DB?? 😆😆 )

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@babybeast , congrats 🎉🎉🎉🎉
I love you *Hugs* , precious and emotional and pretty 💙💚💖
Love you all 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝💝

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love you too, may!!!!

(all the hearts for you but im on my laptop and i suck at technology so I don't quite know how to type them)

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You google it and copy paste 😉
Though it is much easier to use the phone 😄

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You can click right the keypad or mouse and Emoji would appear on the showing menu or Win+Period and it will show the Emojis
Love love love love you BB , Uri Kangaji 💜💖💝💜💖💝💜💖💝💙💚💙💚💙💚

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I just broadened my horizons 😆😆😆

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I'm here to do just that 💜💖💝

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I also didn't know you could do that! More horizons broadened

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This was so beautiful ! And i might venture a little to say im included in this community? (self pat in the back) but all jokes aside, i hope you’re doing well now in virtual life and real life. Im not as present as much on the online community but i know that feeling of stsying up late nights talking to beanies. It’s funny, dramas used to drive those conversations and now it’s become so much more and much more deeper... this place is great. Also, i guess i dont need to finish my own write up because what you wrote sums it up beautifully !

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you definitely ARE included jus!!!!!! virtual life is definitely going real well but real life?? not entirely but it’ll eventually be so that’s okay!! and no!! please finish your totm!! id love to read it!!!!

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*waving from the rabbit hole

@babybeast it's not fair to make an ajummha get a bit teary before her first cup of coffee in the morning. This is a lovely tribute to the community here at Dramabeans. It has been such a pleasure to chat with you and the rest of our worldwide Traumabeans crew, and I'm raising my mug of coffee with the wish that we will continue to chat long into the future.

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I wish I was on Traumabeans more, but Rabbit is terrible.

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aww egads!!!!! thank YOU for being part of the traumabeans crew & im so so so happy to have gotten to know you!!!!!! i hope you enjoy your coffee!! (you’re drinking with cloggie aren’t you)

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Hey BB! This is a super cute post. I don't always catch you online but you're super fun to talk too.

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thank you caro!!! (damn you time difference why must you make my life especially difficult)

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Aaawwwwww, @babybeast! This made my morning! What a thoughtful tribute to all of us who make up the Dramabeans family! I’ll always hold a soft spot for you because of your love for Highlight/Beast too! It’s so cool that you’ve met some of us in real life! I still have yet to! (I have misgivings about meeting strangers too!) Glad you’re part of this little spot on the internet; it wouldn’t be the same without you!

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thank you ally!!!!!!! i hope you have a great day!! and yes i’m so so so super glad i met you through db and rabbit!!!!!

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Awww @babybeast this is the sweetest! I cried maybe (definitely) and that Sassy Go Go quote too ❤ I'm so glad you are part of the Beanie family *hugs*

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*BIG HUG*
*also slides you a handkerchief for your tears*
i’m so glad that YOU are part of the beanie family!!!

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This.is.so.cute!
And heart touching. Reading your feelings about the meetup made me all warm, then reading green's response made me all squishy & then reading your reply made me gooey so basically I'm just a puddle rn.
You are so sweet & it reflects through your words. ^^
I hope you get to have more fun with beanies in years to come.
(When will I meet you though *sigh* ;_; )

Btw, I didn't realize the chats keep you up till 4am though bb! :O Get proper rest for your beautiful self!

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*pats the puddle*
thank you kittttyyyyyyyy!!!!!! please say you’ll continue to be a huge part of the fun *crosses fingers*

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Ofc ^^

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<3

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Thank you @babybeast for writing this sweet and heart touching tribute to this amazing beanies family.
You have well written what I'm feeling too. I will always be grateful to DB for having gathered such great people who are always supportive. It's definitely the best place on internet.

Despite real life and timezones, I'm really glad I get to talk with you BB and I hope we can keep going for years and we can meet each other in rl soon
*sending hugs to our adorable maknae BB* 💖💝💞

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awww thank you shin!!!!!! i’m glad we feel the same way bc that honestly proves that we’re even more of a family!! i’ll defo come visit some time!! wait for me!!!!!
*hug hug*

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No doubt we're a family !
*hugs and more hugs*

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Definitely a family!

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This is so beautifully written, BB. Yes, DB has given us a great space to communicate and share much more than our thoughts on a drama or 2 or 20 or...
Thank you for expressing the special appeal of Beanie friendships, far and wide and oh so fun and warm.
💕💕💕

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thank you ru!!!!! and thank YOU especially for being such a warm mom like figure and always having the best words that encourage our baby hearts!!!! i’ll definitely come and visit sometime (and perhaps share the room with may?)

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That would be wonderful!!!
💕💕💕

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Great write-up! I am feeling very nostalgic lately and as such am very emotional these days. This almost made me cry. So happy you're happy.
😊😘

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awww
*pat pat pat*
*slides you handkerchief*
now i’m happy that you’re happy :’)

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BB!!!!!!

I’m sorry it took me so long to write this and frankly my comment doesn’t even matter after all of these ones that have already been posted and you probably won’t even see it, but you put my feelings for this community into something with so much better and more heartfelt writing than I ever could. Thank you for existing, BB. I remember wanting to be your friend ever since I saw you liking and replying to my comments about TWICE and girl groups in general (we really need more girl group appreciation on DB) and I’m so happy that I get to call you mine now. Good luck with the rest if your college career and life in general. I know for a fact that you will do amazing things, because you already are.

I love you so much, BB!!! 💖 I’ve been the baby in my family for my entire life, so it’s nice to be able to use the word to refer to someone else. I’m sorry I have no idea how to be a good older sister.

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MIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!
awwww this is such a super sweet message and i love you so much too min!!! you already ARE a great older sister i don’t understand what you’re talking about here.
but yes, we need more girl group appreciation!!! i’ll join your oh my girl rooms when i’m done with this study!!!

LOVE YOU TONS, MIN!

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"Im so glad to call you mine now"

Did you just CLAIM BB?

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Fjdkdkdjd call her MY FRIEND OH MY GOSH DAISY

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IT CAN BE READ BOTH WAYS

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AM I NOT YOURS???????

my (baby) heart is broken : (

*runs to LT / bams*

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I MEAN... if you want to be???? I guess????

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There there
*hug*

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Fab write up! i'm pretty much a ghost on here but still riding through all the feels with you all, and this article is spot on :D

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Wow what a touching and great post. I really enjoyed reading your written piece. It was really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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emigrated, not immigrated

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*cries* this hit me @babybeast. I'm at a lonely season of my life but being here in dramabeans and connecting with beanies almost every day are the highlights of my days. I can't wait to look back to this time and I'll thank this community for getting me through. <3 Even now, I'm thankful. Everyday I'm thankful.

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\pat pat\
i’m so glad to be part of this community, having the pleasure to interact with you!!
i hope you find good people irl that’ll surround you & give you lots of love soon!
i’m rooting for you!!
(warm hugs and kisses)

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BB! Unnie!
I LOVE YOU!
*can't drink alcohol so i'll just sip my tea*
cheers to more years of happiness and beanie interactions 🥂🥃

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