Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"It's Only Just a Past That Remains"

My wise friend, S.F., once summed up friendship like this: some friends enter your life for a season, some for a reason, and some for a lifetime. Of course, she stated it much more eloquently, but you get the idea. I agree with her philosophy. But I was naive enough to believe that friendships moved through phases, always moving forward. If a friends was still around after a season, well, there must be a reason. And if the friend was still around when that reason was gone, well, then they solidified their position as a lifetime friend. No changebacks. No do overs. No backsliding.

But that's not true. I'm losing one of my forever friends. She came in the summer 15 years ago (season), pulled me through one of the darkest times of my life (reason), and was still there years later. And now, for whatever reason, she's leaving and I'm in mourning. I blame life more than anyone or anything, although that doesn't make my friend's absence any easier to accept. Stretches of awkward silence have replaced giggle-filled phone conversations.Our get-togethers have become fewer and farther between; more often than not, someone cancels at the last minute. One-page e-mails have dwindled to one line messages.

Over the past year, I have ridden the emotional roller coaster that people experience when they lose a loved one: shock, anger, denial, frustration, confusion and sadness. Now I just feel "done." There is nowhere left to go with this friendship.

I wish my friend well. I will always be thankful she was in my life, and I will always hold the memories we made together in my heart. But it's only just a past that remains.*

*From "Toast to the Lifelong Friends" by Duotang


  1. I don't know what took me so long to click over here...I'm sorry. I've been down this road before and the feeling was not so great. Your wise, beautiful and clever ( I'm reading between the lines here) friend S.F. also told me that when a door closes another one always opens. It's the wise woman who knows when to walk through it. Walk on, Mari!

  2. I have the hardest time letting people go from my life. Even when I know it would be healthier, or less time consuming, or less trouble, I still fight to hang on. I've held on to a lot of dysfunctional relationships this way.