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My Friend

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By Kimberly Seabrooks

My Friend

I met him on a Friday. He was a voice on the other end of the phone asking about an account he had with the company that I worked for. I thought to myself, his voice sounds so nice I wonder want he looks like. I wanted to hear more. I think I fell in love with his voice right over the phone, because it sounded so soft and sweet. We spoke for a long period of time because he was explaining to me how his pending divorce was affecting him personally and financially.

After counseling him about what he needed to do to take care of his account there, he asked me to go out to dinner with him. I was reluctant, but agreed to it because I curious about what he looked like. I had an image in my head but the real thing was so much better than what I thought. He was gorgeous. I could not eat in front of him because I was so nervous. I did not want him to see me drop food on my clothes or catch me with food in my teeth when I spoke to him.

Wow, he was so handsome, but at the same time he seemed so down to earth. I thought to myself, this is one of the most special men I have ever met in my life. It almost seemed as though he didn’t know how handsome he was. I am embarrassed now to admit that I wanted to make love to him that night, but I would not allow myself to do that. My heart was gone.

After the 3rd date, I  gave into my feelings and made love with him and it was so great!! That was it, I was officially in love. I felt this could be my husband some day. I had really strong feelings for him really fast. Unfortunately, he was going through a divorce , so he didn’t want anything to do with that. His divorce was getting really nasty because she cheated on him with another man and  he didn’t trust women.

I told myself, if I just loved him enough he would love me back and want to be with me forever. But that actually made things worse for me. The more I tried to love and take care of him the more he pulled away from me. At the time, I didn’t understand why, but now I know that it was because he was afraid of being hurt again.

Eventually, he did get to the place where he stopped wanting see me altogether because, in his words, he didn’t want to hurt me anymore. I was devastated and so hurt that it sent me into a tale spin. It started affecting my professional life and I had to find a way out. Finally, I ended up in the hospital, depressed and not knowing what I was going to do because I loved him so much.

I got the counseling I needed and I even took an antidepressant for a short period of time. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Finally, I understood that there were some things that I needed to fix about myself because I was allowing myself to be treated that way.

One year past and my feelings for him, so I thought, were gone. I started dating someone else and I was happy. Then the call came. At that moment, I knew I wasn’t completely over him because my heart began to race again. I knew that I could never let him in again the same way because I could never trust him with my heart again.

I answered the call and we talked. At this point in his life I could see that he was finally over what he had been through with his ex-wife. I could also feel that he was regretful about what he had put me through. But, there was no going back.  Even though I knew he wanted me to give him another chance. I was scared, and besides that, I was in a new relationship.

Now, as my friend, he tried to give me advice about my new relationship.  I started having an issue in this relationship. He was verbally abusive. At some point, I tried to leave him and my friend offered me a place to stay with him if I needed it. I did not take him up on it at the time and I stayed in the verbally abusive relationship for a few more years. My friend and I continued to talk to keep up with each other. He continued to give me advice about my present situation and let me know that he is there for me if I needed him.

One more year went by and I finally got to the place where I was finally ready to take him up on his offer. At that moment, he proceeded to tell me that he was now in a new relationship and that he could not have me living with him because of his new situation. Needless to say,  I was very disappointed, upset and hurt. After that, I did not speak to him for about a month. He called and tried to explain to me the situation. He also tried to apologize but I did not want to hear it.  So, we stopped talking again.

So, two years went by without talking to him. I wanted to contact him to see how he was doing. I no longer had his phone number in my phone because I deleted it.  I then went to internet to try and find him. After putting his information on the internet, I found a site that said this person was deceased. I said to myself, that  must be his father, but when I looked at the birth year it intrigued me. So, I went to his son’s facebook page on the date that it said this person passed away and to my surprise my friend had passed away the year before. I was sad, devastated and completely loosing my mind. I was disappointed in myself that I allowed an argument and a misunderstanding  keep us apart. I was not there for him to help him get through his illness and I was not able to apologize to him for the way that I acted toward him. This will be with me for the rest of my life.

So remember, when you get angry with your loved one and you stop talking to them, just remember in a blink of an eye it could all be over.

My Friend Curtis,

I love you

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this hit home! I too have someone who I have distanced myself from due to a misunderstanding/miscommunication, I don’t really know what to call you it. It’s something, I’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks, even last night I was telling myself how hurt I was by their actions. Your story was timely, as it showed me once again, life can be gone in a blink of an eye. It’s time to make amends.

    Thank you!

    Blessings and light… Maylana

    • Yes, and thank you so Maylana for your thoughts. That thing hurt me to my core and I have so many regrets about not making amends with him. I loved him so much.

  2. This is why I get so upset when my parents take so long to tell me anything. Just recently {yesterday} daddy finally told me he had 6 stitches in his shoulder from where they removed a cyst.
    I was so pissed he didn’t tell me sooner. He could have died and like with his dad in 2010 I wouldn’t have known till the day before.
    I try to stay in touch with him on a weekly basis, but this is the 2nd time this year he contacted me.

  3. Thanks for reminding us how quickly life can be gone. Sorry about your friend.

  4. This is a girl’s thing, so I am commenting as a writer or an emotion or as an entity. I am in a state of wow at your story, I think I was cheering for you and I know I am grieving the loss. To leave you now I must promise myself to return, and we can title it mutual edification. Peace and Blessings.

  5. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Reblogged this on LadyRomp and commented:

    Hi guys, I just wanted to reblog this post because I feel it is just so important for us to make sure we are letting people we love know that we love them.

  7. Sorry for your loss.

    I had a similar situation but it was with a girlfriend who was like my sister. I was going through my divorce and I moved out of the city. We spoke from time to time but as life had it we kind of diffed apart. Her last year on earth, I made sure I saw her (not knowing she was leaving). We had lunch talked like no time had past. We made plans and the day before she told me she wasn’t feeling well. I got a call a couple of days later she was in a coma. I got a chance to see her. On the day she died, I was going to the hospital early but I was procrastinating, doing everything to take my time. I got the call that she was gone. (Deep down I knew she was leaving) I didn’t want to say goodbye to my sister friend. The one person on earth who knew me and loved me anyway. I miss her every day.

  8. Thank you very much for sharing your story.

  9. Thank you very much for sharing your story. I appreciated its message.

  10. What a powerful truth and message. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. So sad. Sorry for your loss.
    May Curtis rest in peace.
    {Hugs}

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