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April 19, 2017

Strength For Our Friendship

My mom bought this Giving Key necklace for me last summer in Colorado. The word that stood out to me was Strength. I held this key close to my heart and wore it everyday for nine and a half months until the day my best friend was to move across the country, Friday, April 14th, 2017. I went over to her condo for the last time to give her a goodbye hug. She seemed really excited about moving, but I felt somewhat compelled to give the necklace. What I forgot to mention was that we had gotten in a fight a few months before that. We both had tried to meet up to resolve things but our schedules had never given us enough time to talk through it. So I thought I would try one more time to make things right. I didn't want her to feel pressured into talking through everything with me, so I didn't start a conversation. I told her, "I love you, and I know we haven't been on the best terms, but I'm sorry and I hope you can forgive me for whatever it was I did to hurt you. But I want to bless your trip and new life in Florida. I miss you and I hope we can stay in contact when you're gone, but I understand if you want some space. I respect you and your feelings, and I know you will call me if you ever need anyone to talk to, and I'll still be here for you." Then I took the necklace off of my neck and put it over her head. Her face showed shock. She knew that was my most prized possession. Next I said, "This, being my most precious thing, I want to give to my most precious friend." She couldn't say anything so I gave her a hug, and I left, not knowing if I would ever see her again. But one thing I do know is that I have always loved her and if it was meant to be, it would be.

-Jillian

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