Letter to a Lost Friend

Dear Friend,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you and your___________.

Family
Travels
New home
Wife

I hope you and yours have all survived the____________.

Wedding
Recession
First Semester
Cancer

I’m writing to wish you _____________.

Congratulations
Bon voyage
Good luck
Condolences?

I often think fondly of the time we ______________,

went camping for our friend’s 14th birthday
swam in the English Channel
hid in the sauna during the orchestra trip
got drunk at that graduation party

and you___________________.

went skinny dipping in an icy lake
lent me your spare bathing suit
admitted you didn’t really like your popular friends
grabbed my ass

I felt like another person, more______________.

spontaneous
adventurous
understood
desired

I always admired you for your ___________________.

brazenness
honesty
intelligence
wit

I wish that I had __________________.

stayed friends with your ex
never stopped trading letters with you
reconnected over coffee before you moved
known your wife a little better

I guess I always thought there would be another chance. I know it’s normal for friends to drift apart but ________________.

honestly, the choice was deliberate; I needed to move on
for a couple years there, it seemed like we were living parallel lives
I always wished we’d drifted closer, breaching each other’s inner circles
words seem so empty compared to life’s capacity to devastate

Now that __________________ ,

your brother is ill
we’ve taken divergent paths
you’re newly married in a new city
your days are filled with hospitals

I keep wanting to reach out to tell you that, whatever our friendship was or might have been, _________________________

you’re in my thoughts
we’re still connected
you cross my mind
I’m so, so sorry

Sincerely,

Your Long Lost Friend

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2 responses to “Letter to a Lost Friend

  1. Really nice options.The fourth option is the killer one LOL

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