In December, I said good-bye, for a while, to a dear friend, Anita. She is leaving for a three-four month stay with friends and family in her former home state of North/ South Carolina.
Her sons, grandchildren, friends have beckoned her for an extended stay until spring. On one hand, I am so happy for her and on the other hand, her departure from my life? Basically SUCKS!
We have discussed, many times at length, of how there really isn’t any better comfort level between people than a long-term friendship that has stayed the distance. We have worked out the kinks and emotional bumps for the most part. She “gets me” and I “get her” for those life moments thrown our way.
I will miss our weekly get-together/visits (on Tuesday) for coffee and to share an awesome baked goody from our local freshly made bakery.
Zen will miss Anita for sure. He knows when she is arriving five minutes before she does. He becomes alert, fidgety and continues to look out the window for her arrival. I can depend on his demeanor every time that she is soon to arrive. I even know it is a fact, by turning the water on for our soon cup of drip coffee.
This void in my life will affect me since so many of my other long-term friendships are living permanently long distant as well. Anita’s presence in my life has been reassuring that someone has my back.
So, what will I do and how will I handle not having Anita around? Haven’t a clue. Guess time will have to be taken one day at a time. We can talk by phone and write emails. However it just isn’t the same as being around in person but this will have to do for now.
A safe journey Anita Luv…. and, a happy return.
Sandra and Zen too