When Friends MoveAugust 18, 2011 at 7:35 am | Posted in Friends Then and Now | 4 Comments
Tags: apartment hunting, living in New York City, living with friends, when friends move
When I first moved out, there was, of course, the excitement of independence. But there was also the excitement of living in an area where many of my friends lived. With just one text, I could be in good company. I was living alone, well, me and the pup, but I never had to feel alone. It made the transition a great one.
But as the years went by, things changed. Friendship dynamics changed, and people moved and took other important steps in their lives. There are still some people in the area to hold down the fort, but it became clear that this period if my life wouldn’t last forever.
In the next two weeks, one of the last survivor’s of the crew in this town, a good friend, will be moving on to bigger and better things — life in the big city. I can’t say that I’m not happy for him, because I am, but I am sad at all that we will be leaving behind. All the random nights of watching comedy shows and movies, listening to music, drinking wine, and joking around. All the pre-gaming and bar hopping and celebrations. Being able to walk to and from each other’s place in 3 minutes. It’s been good having good friends close. Lots of memories and close friendships have been built from living here and meeting people. I will miss knowing that someone is always there for a good conversation or sushi on Monday nights.
I know that with new beginnings come new adventures, and this friendship isn’t over just because a little distance is put between us. Heck, my best friends have lived 200 miles away from me for the past 7 years. But you never get used to it.
So now, the fiancé and I are the last true survivors. These bars, these streets, the local pizza guy, the mean dog behind the white fence, these are our memories to keep alive for now. But even we won’t be here forever. I don’t know where the future will take us but I’m pretty sure this magical living situation I’ve so enjoyed won’t likely be replicated.
But life goes on, and I’ll never forget this time in my life and the friends that made it so memorable.