Sooo, today was the day I met up with my friend who I haven’t spoken to in over 10 years.
On my way there, I heard Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill on the radio. I absolutely love this song. So I cranked it up and started singing. And then this lyric came on:
Found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home
And the tears just started streaming down my face. It reminded me of my friendship with Jill—and my best friend who I’m still not talking to—and it felt so raw and painful. But I got it all out of my system on the nearly hour drive. And I promised myself no tears. It just felt good to let it all out though.
We were to meet at our mutual friend’s house, but when I pulled up, I didn’t see Jill’s* car so I figured she would arrive shortly. I parked and met our mutual friend and we waited, but Jill didn’t show. It’s not like her to fake so our friend called her and she said she was parking. So we decided to just meet her at the restaurant.
We walked over and headed into the restaurant and still didn’t see her. So we decided to get seated. Once we sat down, our friend looked up and said, “There she is!”
She walked in and I got up, only to be greeted by her huge smile. We hugged and it was so wonderful to see her again. We picked up right where we left off. It. Was. Awesome. I still don’t know why there was distance all these years. Although I did hear Jill say, “You know, there were many years Alysia and I didn’t talk.” So that made me feel better. And I honestly didn’t need any more than that.
We spent the entire meal catching up with one another and then it was time to leave. I almost didn’t want it to end. It felt so good to spend time with good friends just catching up and laughing—I mean really laughing and reminiscing.
As we walked out, we agreed to not that much time pass ever again and then we were on our way. When I left and got in my car, I realized that I felt revitalized and renewed.
I am really beginning to look forward to what’s coming for me in 2018.
*Name changed to protect the innocent