This past week was my Thanksgiving break. There is nothing better than having a week off of school. At this point in the semester, school is hard and stressful. Due dates are never-ending, and school work just seems to consume my time. I was so lucky that I was not only able to get a break from the demands of school, but I was able to see my best friend over my break.
My best friend lives all the way on the other side of the country. I decided that for my short Thanksgiving break that I wanted to fly to Oregon and visit her. I was only there for 4 days, but it was the best 4 days I have had in a long time. We went two years without seeing each other, and it was hard. When things happened, and I needed her all we could do was text or facetime, which is great but it’s not the same as being together in person. It’s not always easy to have my best friend on the other side of the country. The time change makes it hard to talk sometimes, and our schedules are so different, but our friendship is so strong that the distance does not affect us. We continue to stay close, even though we are thousands of miles away. That is how I know that this friendship is going to last forever.
I flew out to Oregon on Tuesday, and I was so excited that I barely slept on Monday night. Thankfully I had a 3-hour flight to Denver so I slept for 3 hours before my layover. I boarded my second plane to Oregon and I could feel the excitement start to run through my body. After two and a half long hours, the wheels finally hit the ground, and I was anxiously waiting to get off the plane to finally be able to my best friend. I got to the terminal and I was greeted by her mom, who kindly picked me up from the airport. I retrieved my luggage, and we got in the car to drive over to the place where Faith was working. I remember walking through the doors, and the next thing I knew she was in my arms. Finally. I got to hug my best friend. It’s the little things like just being able to give her a hug that fills my heart. That evening she got off of work, and we went to dinner and got to catch up. I couldn’t believe that I was finally back with her.
The next morning we woke up, got coffee, and went to Jacksonville, Oregon to walk around. I had never been to Jacksonville so it was fun to adventure around and take in all the beauty. Living in Florida, I never really experience seasons. But out there, the leaves on the trees were light pink, and everything was just beautiful. The weather was gorgeous, I had Faith by my side, and it was in that moment that I realized I was so happy. After we were done exploring Jacksonville we headed to lunch and then went to the mall. Since we live so far away from each other, we decided that we wanted to get matching rings. I loved the idea so we went to this little store that had some Christian rings, and we found one that we liked. It makes me happy because every time I look at it, I smile and think of my best friend, it makes me feel closer to her even though we have 3,000 miles between us.
I didn’t know what to expect for Thanksgiving because I had never spent the holiday in Oregon, but this year I felt so much peace. I was taken by surprise because I definitely did not expect to feel so good on a holiday. I woke up in the morning in a funky mood because I was thinking about my dad, but I rolled over in bed and saw Faith, and I knew that my dad would be so happy that I was able to spend the holidays with her. It’s so refreshing to see that I am healing and that each year things are getting better. It took me a long time to get to this point, but it feels really good that I can finally go out there and enjoy every single moment. I remember the days when I was younger when I would go out to Oregon and it would be so hard. I can feel my dads presence now in this place, and that is what I have been longing for, for many years.
It really helped to be surrounded by such great people, and Faith kept me grounded and focused on the positive things that were going on. She is an amazing support to me, and I don’t know what I would do without her. She continues to inspire me, and push me through. This was just another first for me, but it turned out to be great. I am so thankful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving in Oregon with Faith and her family.
Friday was my last day in Oregon, and I was not ready for the trip to be over. I knew that I was going to have to leave soon, and that thought made Friday so special. We spent our last day getting breakfast at a cute place in Central Point and then we had a lovely dinner at her mom’s house. Going to bed that night was hard because I knew that the next morning I would have to get up and leave my best friend again.
6 am rolled around fast, and I slowly got out of bed feeling sad that I had to leave. I got dressed, packed my remaining stuff, and we got in the car. The car ride was quiet and as I just looked around me at the beautiful city I was about to leave behind. We arrived at the airport and I checked my bag and spent my last 10 minutes sitting next to Faith. The few minutes we had left flew by and before I knew it, it was time for me to go through security. I hugged her for the last time by the gate and felt a few tears roll down my cheek. It is hard to leave the people who are important to you, but I kept reminding myself that I would be seeing her again soon. I won’t let two years pass again without seeing her. Life is so short and I have learned that it is so important to make time for the special people in your life even if they happen to live across the country. I am so blessed to have this girl in my life who is more of a sister to me than anything else.
” Distance teaches us to appreciate the days that we are able to spend together and distance teaches us the definition of patience. It is a reminder that every moment together is special, and every second together should be cherished”
Have a great week!