One of my best friend's Lou Lou is moving to Barbados with her fiancé - indefinitely. She leaves this week but due to my ever increasing hectic timetable I will last be seeing her this weekend.
I know she will come and visit (once she leaves I will be counting the days until July) and I will visit her. However, it is going to be so hard from seeing her virtually every week to a couple of times a year. I can't not post this and not say how incredibly happy I am for her. She is going to embark on a very exciting new chapter in her life. A new country, planning a wedding, new job, new climate and new everything. I know she is scared but you can see the anticipation and readiness to go.
For someone who I have known for about a year and a half she has certainly made an impact on me. In 2009 she showed just how amazing she was by helping me with my split from my ex. Looking back now she is the only thankful thing that came from that relationship. I met her and never looked back. She has been there for the good parties, the funny chats, watching home and away, movie days, take-away nights and the break ups. We have leant upon each other so much.
I know without question we will be there for each other just as much. Even with the Atlantic separating us. I know Antonio - her fiancé - will look after her so well. It just will not be the same, as selfish as it is to say. But she deserves this so much :)
Tomorrow night we will say goodbye - not indefinitely - but it is going to be tough. And as I struggle to not break down in tears typing this out I dread to think what we will be like tomorrow. Lou Lou, if you read this I just want to thank you for opening up about your life's journey and for, also, teaching me that you can never judge a book by its cover until you have read its story.
Lou Lou's leaving drinks 22.01.10.
And just so you know. Even though we may say good-bye for a while: we still watch the same sunset.
I love you chicken.
N.B - Also, please may you keep my friend Claire in your thoughts, wishes and prayers. She has had to immediately return home from Namibia where she is taking a gap year teaching. Her older sister Fay, who is 23, passed away due to a heart attack. She had just been on a long haul plane journey from Dubai to Afghanistan (where she was doing missionary work). They suspect a blood clot. I feel so numb for her and I know she would value all thoughts and prayers. Thank you :)