yesterday we said goodbye to Sarah, who is off to get her master’s degree.
I first met her at freshman orientation 10 years ago, when a group from her hall and a group from our hall decided to hang out together (I think it was Myriam and Andy who got all that started?). somehow I ended up being the mascot of her hall for a while, and along the way we became good friends. I even had my eye on her for a while, but thankfully she knew better and let me down easy. now we can laugh about all those times, when she was caught in the middle of most of the rest of my crazy relationships. if nothing else, she proved herself a good friend by remaining a friend through all that weirdness.
anyway, along the way she became best friends with Michelle. it really started with a road trip they took together our senior year, and it solidified when they lived and worked together at Esperanza. many years later, their friendship is indeed rare, as they can dig through the most serious things at one time, and the next be laughing with such silliness that they’re crying. the years and closeness allow them to be completely themselves with eachother. she’s stood with us in some of the hardest times of our life together and been there for the joys too.
since I never had a younger sibling of my own, I always enjoyed taking care of her like a brother, so I loved packing her spacious moving truck for her (besides the fact that it was the easiest move ever). and perhaps we tried a little too hard to set her up with a good guy, but then again, perhaps not.
so I will miss her, but I know Michelle will miss her all the more. I hope to fill some of the gaps that she has left, but I know that despite my best efforts and intentions, there’s just no replacing a true friend.
so if you can, hurry back, friend. we pray that God will bring you back home in good time, and if He chooses not to, that our friendship will remain strong.
update: Michelle has added her memories and goodbyes on her blog, along with lots of pictures.