When I moved here four years ago, I told Colin that my need to acquire new friendships was pretty low. Because I’ve lived in two other cities since leaving home, I have many wonderful people that I’ve kept in contact with and see on a regular basis. Everyone seemed really nice here, but I’d be alright if I never engaged in a true heartfelt conversation. That was just a phone call away. My friend quotient was already at capacity.
I was wrong.
Before I knew it, I found myself surrounded by wonderful women who I’ve come to call friends. Among these several amazing, fantastic, giving, knowledgeable, and talented people that I’ve come to know, two friends have blessed my life immensely. These are strong, incredible women that I admire greatly. They are kind and helpful and genuinely fun to be around. We have ridiculous amounts of things in common and never tire of exchanging ideas. I have had, not one, but several deep conversations with both and have confided things that have weighed on my mind as they’ve listened with love and support. I could literally talk to them for hours and not know where the time has gone.
But living in this college town and in this transient ward (church congregation) means that you eventually have to say goodbye. On Wednesday, one of these favorite friends is moving across the country. Another one that I hold dear leaves at the end of this month. The time for them to move on from our little beach town has come and I am truly sad. Truly.
But I’m also thrilled for them at the same time. (Oh, life and its bittersweet moments.) Change is part of the experience and this marks a new and exciting phase for both. I couldn’t be happier for them and the blessings that lie ahead. Well-deserved after enduring the grueling grad school years with cheerful hearts. Hooray for a real house, steady income, and major appliances!
Katie and Ingrid, I am so grateful for your friendships. You both are wonderful examples of charity and goodwill and grace. Thank you for all that you have done for me and my family over these years. And thank you for reminding me that one’s heart is never too full to welcome another good friend. Now I’ll just add you to that list of people I know are just a phone call away.