I have a friend, “Renee”, who I met in college. We were both English majors and took a lot of classes together. When I was in law school, she let me live on her couch for quite a long time. I am eternally grateful for that and will never forget it.
Renee was an everyday sort of friend. We laughed at things hardly anyone else would think was funny. We dissected books, created musical mash-ups, and recast our favorite movies. Then she went through a very long and very rough patch of time, during which she made some bad decisions. One particular decision cut me to the core and I just had to walk away. I never unfriended her on FB because I hoped that she would reach out to me to address the situation. She never did.
Every now and then, I would tag her in something that I thought she would find interesting and we would chat about it, but never discussed anything of any importance.
About a week ago, completely out of the blue, I asked her if she had a blog. Renee is an awesome writer and for some reason that day, I decided I wanted to read about what she’s been up to lately. She told me that she didn’t have a blog anymore and I pretty much left it at that. Today, she told me that I made her think about writing again. You see, Renee has a sharp wit, an extensive vocabulary, and a knowledge of music that would impress the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, and Clive Davis. I’ve always believed that those talents would take her far in life. By the end of our FB chat today, she was already outlining ideas for her music blog. I was so excited for her.
I am thankful for the friend that Renee was to me and I’m hopeful that maybe we can get back to that again.