An interlude

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two of my friends, who I've spent nearly every day with for the past 3 months, are leaving for home today. Normally I wouldn't be as heartbroken as I am now, but I am. They've been the kind of friends I've searched my whole life for, the kind who know how you're feeling without your having to say anything, the kind who know what to say and exactly when to say it, the kind who you can really sit in silence with and still feel like you're not wasting a single moment.

Anyway, my heart is heavy today and I'm a grown woman and know that I should pull myself together and look forward to all the times we might have together in the future, but it's just hard today.

I did think of several pieces of lit I've read over the years that I'm reminded of in this very moment, and I thought I'd share. They're all beautiful and must-reads, I think.

"Helped To Heal By A Stranger's Truth" by Leah Carroll:
Yet it reminded me right then of a brief love affair, the kind you have when you are about to move from a familiar place to somewhere new, and you begin a romance with a built-in expiration.
And when the time comes for the affair to end, you are sad but grateful, because having had someone who understood you perfectly in that moment helps you make the transition, allows you to walk into the uncertain night and toward that unknown place with a clearer sense of who you are and where you’ve been, your heart filled with all that’s gone and with everything that you will never, ever stop loving.
"Our Way of Saying Goodbye" by Laura Fraser:
I felt bereft, as I had at the train station in Naples, saying goodbye when we first parted. But while I knew I’d miss him, our relationship had been, in its odd way, enough. I had never been his one and only, but he had been constant, if not faithful. He had reminded me that I could still experience la bella vita, that I could be desired, that I could embrace something less than perfection and, most important, that I could love.
And this quote that was passed around a while ago, which I thought was corny but oh-so-true:
Throughout life you will meet one person who is unlike any other. This person is the one you could talk forever to. They understand you in a way that no one else does or ever could. This person is your soulmate and best friend. Dont let them go.
There is every possibility that I may never see these two friends again ... after all, there are no guarantees in life, and that is what I fear and why my heart aches. But there are more friends to make, more people to share moments with, and many, many reasons to smile.

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