Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Friend

It was a few years ago.....



I was somewhat young, You were about 4 years younger.

We had a mutual friend named Melanie but you and I had never met.

She liked me- She loved you and She thought that we should meet.

She tried to convince me to call you.... Said you were awesome and that we would get along.

I resisted. After all, I was just breaking up with my girlfriend and wasn't interested in a new relationship. Besides, these matchmakers have never been right for me.



Melanie convinced me to give you a call. We chatted and I was pleasantly surprised. You invited me to your office Christmas party. I took a chance and went. I was a huge hit among your co-workers. They found me handsome and charming. You were a hit to me. I found you attractive, intelligent, and ambitious. I loved your positive attitude. We became good friends but never lovers. I felt you looked up to me and admired what I had accomplished. I looked at you and embraced your creativity, optimism, and passion for your work.



You struggled while working several jobs knowing your heart was somewhere else. You talked about trying to break into your desired industry and asked for my advice. I offered very little. I encouraged you to believe in yourself and suggested patience. Eventually, your break came and you were offered an entry level position in a smaller market and different location.



You left everything you had known including your family and friends to pursue your dreams. Your immediate success led to a small but important political position back near your home. You excelled. You tried to stay in touch with me by calling and writing an occasional letter. I eventually dropped the ball when I moved from the East coast to the West coast. I've thought about you and our friendship but never tried to contact you. It's been 7 years since I've visited your home town.



Today, I went to the movies and saw you in a cameo role in a major picture. I instantly knew it was you but I confirmed it by checking the credits. I see you've done well for yourself. Living and working in New York City.



It's clear to me that our paths have probably crossed in the past few years. Perhaps we've flown on the same airplane. I'm certain that we know some of the same people. I'm surprised that our names haven't come up in conversation. Maybe they have on your end. I'm confident that our paths will cross again soon. When they do, I'll hug you and tell you how very proud I am of you and how I've missed and cherished our past friendship.



You'll slap me on the arm and ask me why I haven't called or looked you up. "It would have been pretty easy to find me" you'll say. I'll stand there looking pretty stupid - and ask: "How's Brit?" I'll once again be reminded that you are truly a jewel - and how you do sparkle! We'll both realize how important good friendships are and that they should be treasured............



I'll eagerly await that moment.



Until Then My Friend!

13 comments:

ShadowKnight said...

Thats a great heartfelt analysis. I too have friends in similar boats, though not in an acting kind of way. My moves from businesses, states, university, clients and all I have many dear friends that I have fallen out of contact with. Again because I dropped the ball. I too look forward to rediscovering these friends in the most obtuse places and likewise will be ecstatic to see them.

josey said...

very heartwarming. i do hope you get to see her again, very soon :)

Julie said...

What a nice surprise to see her in the cameo! It is so hard to keep in touch with someone, even a good friend sometimes, when one of you move away. I hope that you run into her soon!

intrepidideas said...

Shadow.... Thanks for the comment. I wish you well with reuniting with your friends.

intrepidideas said...

Josey, It was cool to see her on the screen. I was so happy for her. And I was thrilled to learn that she was doing well outside of acting.

intrepidideas said...

Julie, thanks again for stopping by. And thanks for the note. So how do you get that spoon to stay on your nose? Ha, ha....

Tamera said...

Oh....talk about heartbreaking. I almost got depressed here. Can I come along to see the happy ending? Either that, or I'll threaten to sing, "I will survive", and you don't want to hear me sing. Believe me.

intrepidideas said...

Okay Tamera, that made me laugh. :) I'd bet you're a better singer than you think... But you're right. I don't want to hear "I will survive." So You're invited to the happy ending! Will you sing something else for me?

Tamera said...

Hmmm. Being an old-fashioned romantic at heart, I could walk behind you two singing, Etta James, "At Last".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csoMt1CiP04

;o) Now. That would land me an invitation to the wedding, hmm? And, a post on your blog for my bravery?

intrepidideas said...

Hey Tamera, You are sooo... Funny sometimes. That's a classic and timeless tune by Etta James. I saw her at the Hollywood bowl a few years back. She was absolutely fabulous and brought the crowd to a roar! I won't be doing the wedding thing with this friend but I'm still interested in hearing you sing! We'll have to come up with another scenario. Any ideas? By the way, did you know that Etta's Birthday was January 25th?

Jane Turley said...

Yep, I was right- a soppy guy. But hey, I kinda like it.

intrepidideas said...

Miss Jane... You're popping up at some of the most unexpected places. Are you reading all of my posts? I'm glad you like it Soppy!

Jane Turley said...

Well you know, I've got an enquiring mind....if I like someone's style I tend to read a lot otherwise I just dip in from time to time.... your site has a little bit of all sorts of stuff which I quite like... a bit like Floogs but obviously he makes you look like a real hard guy cos he is seriously soppy (in the nicest possible sense.)