Cherish Your Friendships and Relationships

"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."
Robert Southey

Today I am sad because you are flying far away (You = You know who you are).  I will miss you so much.  You've been a second sister to me since we were seven.  You are the only friend I have held on to since early childhood.  I guess being raised together has kept us together.  Your family is mine, and mine is yours.

This last May marked our 20th anniversary of friendship.  It passed without any great fanfare, or any celebration at all.  But I wish I had known what was going on.  I wish I had baked you a cake like you did for me when we were little.  I wish I had known that you would leave here so soon.  I wish I hadn't wasted time I could have cherished with you simply because I wasn't feeling cherished by you at the moment.  I wish I had just rocked the boat instead.  Lessons learned.

I wish I could have talked you into staying. But I know our hearts will always be together. Through all the years and geographic distance that have continually plagued us, we have always remained intertwined.

Thank you for giving me support when my life was rocky.  Thank you for making me strong through your own ODD ;) Thank you for making sure I respected myself enough to demand change, and to be strong enough to stand firm and fight to keep what was mine.

Here is my love song for you today:

I hope you are wild and free in your new life.  I hope you are cautious too.  I will always worry about you and pray for you.  Don't be afraid of making mistakes, but also don't be too stubborn to fix them. Breathe deeply.  God is good, life is good, everything will be fine.  I love you always and forever (even when we drive each other nuts!) ;)

Don't forget to read "Coffee for boobs" before you leave!

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