Milk Retrospective: Friends for life

19 Jul

I thought it was time for some reflection. I posted this originally in November 2010. 8 months later and me and my lovely friend Joy are back in touch. Both mothers now, living in the same city again; things have moved full circle. And the special magic? Still very much there.

Tonight i found out that an old friend of mine had become a mum, and i never even knew she was pregnant. I feel absolutely gutted.

It’s not that i feel it’s my right to have known. I haven’t seen her in nearly two years. It’s just in those few words she might as well have drawn a line from here to China and said i’m here and you’re there.

Everyone has those friends, the ones you hardly ever see or speak to, but they’re special to you, and if you never saw them again that wouldn’t change it. You shared something important and that stays with you.

Every now and then something reminds you of them, and you feel a tugging in your heart. A cliche for sure, but the truth. It’s a real physical longing, a pang of regret, a feeling that something is unfair, amiss, that circumstances rather than choice have drawn you unjustly apart.

So i’ve been feeling a bit sad. Mourning a friendship that i wish i still had in exactly the same way i did when i was 16.

But then my sister said something to me today which made total sense. You mourn that friendship because you feel that you have lost it, but actually the something special you shared is always there. In the end that part of your life is still special, still cherished, even if the friendship has changed, become distant, or passed.

What’s more, just because someone’s not a part of your life in the here and now, doesn’t mean they never will be again. That’s the thing with these special friendships, they pop up again when you least expect it. And the best thing of all is that when they do, the magic is still there.

So if you’re reading this, I love you Joy. I miss you. But i’ll be waiting here for you until i’m old and grey, if you ever fancy a natter. I know for sure we’d talk for hours, and I’d laugh a lot.

2 Responses to “Milk Retrospective: Friends for life”

  1. nmaha July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Omg! This is so amazing. I remember reading this post when I was scrolling through all your posts. You deserve a little special something after the tough time you’ve had lately. I feel silly saying this but maybe it’s your mother’s way of showing she still taking care of u.

  2. Kelloggsville July 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    How lovely to read about something that went right. I remember the original post. It struck a very deep chord with me.

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