my “momma” is leaving me…

Yesterday, I said goodbye to one of my closest friends. Over the last year and a half, Kacie became an unlikely friend. As a member of the military, it was unlikely that our paths would ever cross. But lucky for me, she posted on a community Facebook group looking for a babysitter and I replied. It was a match made in Korea.

Kacie and her husband took me in and made me a part of their family. (I lovingly called them “momma” and “poppa bear.”) I spent countless random nights at their home, helping take care of their kids, getting them up in the mornings and out the door to school. I had more laughs than I could ever count. I fell in love with their family and Kacie became the big sister I never had. She taught me so much and encouraged me to be who I am and say what I want. (Which I was pretty good at before, but I’ve become ever more vocal since that last conversation we had in the floor of her tiny kitchen.)

getting an upside-down French braid requires tipping one's head over whist kneeling in a chair... what a good friend Kacie is!

getting an upside-down French braid requires tipping one’s head over whist kneeling in a chair… what a good friend Kacie is!

I am so thankful for the time that we had. I wish she was still hanging around Korea until I’m ready to leave, too, but I know how excited she is to get back the Americas!

a night out together with friends!

a night out together with friends!

For the first time, I’ve become the one left behind. My whole life, I was the one leaving my friends behind. We moved a gajillion times when I was a kid; by the time I had graduated high school, I had been to eight different schools and lived in thirteen houses/apartments. We were always leaving. And now, I’m not the one leaving!

I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel weird… Sure, I’ll get over it and soon enough. But thinking about this has made me realize how quickly life changes and how invaluable some relationships can be. Even relationships that are short – just a year or two. I think about some of the meaningful friendships I’ve had over the last several years and how they have been short, but so utterly important to me.

Rachel, Alice, Katie R., Alyssa, Jeff and Ashlie Swanson, Matt and Krista, Nick, Kacie… All of you have played an important role in my life over the last few years. I love you all so, so very much and I’m thankful we had the time that we did. Even though we will probably never be as close as we were when we lived near each other, I still love you, lovers!

Cherish every friend, even the ones that drift faster than others, Reader. Let every person make an impact.

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