Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I hate goodbyes
She's really going this time. Stephanie has been threatening to leave me now for the last couple of years, but this week I think it's really happening. One of my best friends and a person that I hardly have a memory without (she's always been there), Stephanie, is moving to California. I am so sad to see her go. I've been trying to play it off like I'm so happy for her, and I know I'll see her often (she's not going very far) but inside I am really sad, and get choked up every time I stop and think that she's actually moving.
I met Stephanie in 2nd grade, that sounds like a long time ago, but even by that time I had quite the established group of friends, but she fit in perfectly, it was like she'd always been there. We went through all of school together, got married and have had children together, and she has been there for me through all of the stages of my life. The first time I had to take Dallas to the ER, I called Steph (unfortunately she's well versed in these things). She met me there and stayed with me for hours. When Travis was sick and in the hospital 3 years ago she was right there with me, and calling me often to check in on me. When I needed someone to cry to, she was there crying with me. But beyond being there for me through tough times, Stephanie is my absolute favorite person in the world to laugh with. She has an infectious laugh, and I love that she is so quick to look at the humor in life. We have had so many fun memories together. We recently took a quick trip to Wisconsin together, and had such a good time. I don't think I'll ever eat another cheeseburger without thinking of that trip.
The best thing about Stephanie is that whether she lives in Arizona or California I know she'll be in my life. She's the type of friend that I am always comfortable with. Every time we get together, it's like no time has passed. It's great to have friends who know you so well and love you through it all. Stephanie, I am truly going to miss you. I love you like a sister. Liz is lucky she's getting her turn with you, but I won't give up the hope that we'll someday live near each other again. Hopefully this just means there will be more girls' weekends in our future!