I saw this Daily Post prompt today and thought this would be good for me to write about. I thought I might simply write something but not really post it. It would be cathartic, healing, helpful, insightful. Writing on this topic could lead to some much-needed answers.
I’ve written about her and our friendship before, but that’s been a while. It’s time to think things through again.
I sit here blank and empty.
Now I see I have a bunch of steel walls of denial and protection shielding me from facing this reality.
Oh, we talk about it. She and I. What her funeral will consist of, who will speak, what music to have, even what food to serve at the luncheon afterwards. We’ve talked about her headstone, a bench for visitors. We’ve talked about how she doesn’t want to die in a hospital, but at home. We’ve talked about the raw deal this is. We’ve talked about the good stuff that’s happened in spite of such misery. We’ve talked about the constant pain, the nausea, the chemofuzzybrain. We’ve talked and talked and talked.
Not sure there’s a topic we haven’t touched on.
We’ve talked about our lives. Lots of that stuff. That’s what makes friends, talking about real things, worries, bad choices, craziness, kids, husbands, fun times. It’s a pretty even give and take, too. You’d think it wouldn’t be. You’d think it’d be me listening to her and her concerns. But no. She’s quite the listener. And she gets it. She gets my odd life, she commiserates with my whiny ways. She asks how I’m doing and then she cares and remembers. It isn’t all about her. How’s that for an amazing friend?
There are days I do a bunch of the listening, but we’re pretty evenly matched on talking and listening.
She’s got my back. And I’ve got hers.
That’s friendship. Someone you can count on who gets you.
It stinks big time that I’ve finally got this best friend ever in the history of the world after a zillion years and now she’s going to go away. It’s not like she’s moving across the country and we can call every day. It’s not like she’s moving up north for more reasonable weather and we can still text back and forth. Crap. No. It’s not like that at all.
As far as I know there’s no social media, telegraph, phone, wireless connection, garage code or front door that I can knock on to get in touch with her once she’s gone.
I have no idea.
I don’t even want to go there, think that far ahead, or be that person.
I’m just going to stay in denial. Who says I can’t. No one, that’s who. I can pretend as long as I want that our friendship will last forever, that’s she’s always going to be there.
I’m going to pretend that we’ll keep getting diet cherry Cokes at Sonic for the rest of our lives, until we’re dragging our great-grandkids along for happy hour slushies and corn dogs.
You would, too.
Believe me. With a best friend like I have you would be in denial, too.
I’m sorry for both you and for your friend. It’s a raw deal no doubt. Enjoy every minute of your time together.
A very brave and sad post, Kami; my heart goes out to you and your friend. x
This was so sad, and so beautifully written that it brought a year to my eye. I’m sorry that you’re both going through this – my thoughts are with you…
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