Hey The Man,
After thinking of those friendships I can invest my time in after college, as I think of the people I can support and gain support from, I made a list.
Going through the nuances, the small moments, the little things. Thinking deeply about the times where I would reach out in hopes of comfort.
There were times where you were able to do so. To listen and care.
Simpler times I guess.
Problems became more important than friendship.
My friendship with you had become listening to dial tones and watching a set of dots blink as I waited for your effort to come through.
Then out of the blue, I was asked to be your best man. I didn’t even know you were dating someone.
As I began writing the speech and thinking about the highlight reel of our friendship, I was overwhelmed with nostalgic retrospectives.
It almost felt like we could make it work.
But we couldn’t. The speech turned into a goodbye letter.
Our immature adventures, our current stage of life and where I saw our friendship headed.
I chose my words carefully.
“Now, I pass the baton of friendship to your wife.” I said.
The baton passed and with it, our time as close friends…or even friends.
Good luck and I hope your wife feels listened to and care for.
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