To the Friend I Left Behind

(Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu)

(Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu)

This is written in response to an article titled To The Friend Who Moved Away.

You have no idea how hard of a decision it was for me to decide to pick up my life and move away. I was leaving behind so much; my friends, my family, my home. There were hours of discussions, days of anxiety and stress, and a very long pro-con list.

All that aside, one of the hardest decisions was knowing I was leaving you behind. I swear it. Sure, I needed the family’s approval and we needed to make sure it would work out financially, but to be honest it’s hard to make friends and I know I’ve got a great one in you.

My pro-con list was compiled primarily of Pro – There will be more snow. Con – Who am I supposed to hang out with when I want a Frosty and fries? Or, who will be my date when I get a serious craving for an oversized baked potato and a way too large sweet tea? Life so far away from you is tough because of all the people I’ve had in my life since high school, you’ve stuck by me and my insanity. It doesn’t seem fair that two people who are as awesome as we are should be separated, but maybe that’s because the world just wasn’t ready for our awesome to be brought together.

You’re right, it’s so easy to get jealous when I see you hanging out with other friends. And you bet I’m Facebook stalking them, giving live side-by-side comparisons of how much more amazing that time would be if you were hanging out with me instead. I’ve definitely almost called you in the middle of the night because I’ve forgotten you’re not in the same place as me. And yes, we’ll probably always have our Skype dates that fall through, but regardless of all of that I know that our friendship is stronger than that. I know this because it’s done so this long, and just because we’re separated now doesn’t mean it’ll always be that way. Distance isn’t our endgame, I can feel it.

Wow, you know, this is beginning to sound like a sappy love letter to a long distance significant other, but honestly I think that’s okay. We may not always be able to meet up whenever we like, or casually see each other when we both run errands, but I know that when we talk via Facebook or take the time to hang out when we are able, our laughs pick up where they left off.

I know it’s hard now, but we always get through this. And I’m sorry that I moved away, honest. I hope to never do it again. So let’s start planning our reunion trip now. How’s next summer sound?

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