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The Long Journey

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This is the first of the blog posts recording my semester in Greece.
To see more, please see A Semester in Greece.



I once had a friend.

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I have had many friends over my 50 years of life. In my mind, I live with all of these ghosts nearly every day. As a child, my mother would console my sadness at a loss of friendship by telling me that they were ‘just jealous’ and I needed to just move on. I never could manage to believe her.
I once had a friend who liked me because I hired her for a job.
I once had a friend who shared the joys and sorrows of motherhood with me.
I once had a friend who sat next to me to cry after my baby drowned, and a friend who held my hand through a painful breakup with a lover.
I once had a friend who spent hours and hours on the telephone with me.
I once had a friend who shared new and fascinating music with me, exploring every nuance of instrument and vocal deep into the night.
I once had a friend who loved my parents and understood where I came from because they came from there, too.
I once had a friend who danced with me all night long to a 45 record on a portable turntable.
I once had a frie…