A letter to a cherished friend who sets off to the other side of the world today, and who I may not see again for a very long while …… somehow sending her a letter, anonymously and yet publicly, is easier than slipping an envelope into her suitcase .....
You are embarking on a new chapter in your tumultuous life. We stand by, on the quayside. We have helped you pack your stores; prepare your journey and map your route, supporting and encouraging you all the way. But today, as the moment finally comes for you to lift anchor and cast off we are strangely useless; unable to assist as we watch you set sail, and we tremble to think of the stormy waters that you must surely cross.
You blew into our lives like an unexpected and enchanting tumble weed. You charmed us into a rapid friendship. You were generous with your time, with your affection, with your belongings, and happy to accept our offerings in return.
A shared friendship without judgement – you have that rare and fine gift of accepting people as they are.
We have laughed together, cried together, we have comforted each other and sought mutual advice; we have driven for miles, ridden for miles and talked the whole way through. We have shared joys and sorrows, but all the time I have known that behind those green eyes there was a tugging sadness that I could not mend.
I introduced you to new friends, and helped you find a fresh direction in life, - not too hard a task with talents such as yours.
But for you, when the going gets too good, it is no good.
And just as the ball starts rolling, you have to move on.
I observe helpless, slightly frustrated ….”what if …..” Your image in my mind floats between friend, and little sister … that is the effect you have on people .. you catch us off guard ... you surprise us with your candour, and - behind your energy and brave front - we sense your fragility and want to protect you.
And so today you go.
I wish you well, my friend. I wish you happiness and success and most of all I wish you peace. Our door is always open.