When Jeanne lived here we would get together whenever we had time, which was infrequently due to our busy schedules and other commitments. But whenever I got to chat with her I always left feeling refreshed and uplifted. She is one of the funniest, most insightful and most open people I know. She also had a wild streak, which was fun! I was very bummed when she moved.
So many of my close friends have moved away throughout the years. A lot of times it was for good reasons, such as job opportunities or adventure or to be closer to family, but, in my more self-centered moments, all I can feel is that they have moved away from me.
I don't know why I'm so surprised whenever it happens. We live in a very transitory society: I myself moved to the Northwest from Hawaii 19 years ago and never regretted it. While I'm good at making new friends and enjoy the ones I have, and I'm genuinely happy for people when they embark on new adventures, it still doesn't take away the sting of feeling left behind.
Go ahead and call me Debbie Downer.
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