Day 2 of Blogging from A to Z - Today's Letter is B
The bonds of friendship rely on many things, and two essentials are
proximity and time. These are two things a Brat has little of. The
reality of a Brat’s life is that so much gets left behind and can only
be found in the dark corners of memory.
children of military parents know what it means to be a Brat. The toll
in things broken, abandoned or lost is small in comparison to the
relationships, the roots yanked up over and over again worn so thin that
transplantation becomes near impossible.
Pam and I were fast
friends for all of 8th and part of 9th grade, but it ended the day her
daddy and mine got orders to different parts of the country and we had
to say goodbye.
She said out loud what I had yet to admit. “It
ends now. I won’t write, so don’t ask me. People always say they’ll
write, and they might once or twice, but sooner or later they all fall
away. I’d just as soon do it sooner than later. It’s easier. So,
goodbye, it’s been a blast, but goodbye.”
I didn't believe her. I wrote her once. She did not write back.