In addition to the weekly fiction writing prompts on Write on Edge, there is also a weekly non-fiction or memoir writing prompt called “Remembe(red)” (Write on Edge used to be known by a different name…”The Red Dress Club” I think it was.)
This weeks Remembe(red) prompt as about friendship. Four hundred words exploring a friendship, past or present.
When you walked into my life, I never thought we’d become what we have. Me with my judgmental, depressed, unforgiving attitude. You with your insightful wisdom and huge, open heart. We were never meant to be friends. How could it even work, two souls, so different from each other?
You saw things in me that I didn’t even know were there. You coaxed them out of me, gently, cautiously. You had all the time in the world. You helped me to see things clearly. Helped me to open my own heart – more importantly, my own mind – to the world around me and the possibilities that surrounded me. You helped me to become a better person. And the best part is you never even tried. You did all this simply by being there, simply by loving me for whom and what I was…even when I couldn’t love myself.
I don’t know if you even realize how much you affected my life…how much you affected me. In so many ways, I would not be the man I am now, if it hadn’t been for you.
You moved away and it broke my heart. The emptiness I felt at your absence was too much for me to bear and when you came back the world was right again. So naturally, I moved away and when I did, I knew I’d never see you again and it broke my heart all over again. I knew it was something I had to do, though, for me. I knew I’d never have you all to myself and I couldn’t hold myself back hoping that would change.
Fate brought us together again and for one beautiful day, each year it was like we had never been separated. I cherished those days; counted the minutes until we would be together again. Until Fate intervened again, putting an end to those days and now I don’t know if I’ll ever see you again.
I think of you often, and not just because of Facebook or Words with Friends. I know you think of me often, too. You are my dearest friend and I cherish our relationship, knowing that no matter what, no matter when I see you again, it will be as if no time has passed at all. Thank you for that.