There are many things that I’m working on posting, but I’ve been very busy finishing up preparations for the class I’m teaching this semester, as well as the content management system I’ve written for my institution. This particular post will be about the end of an era – the chapters in my life marked by the geographical presence of my best friend Tara Craven. This morning at around 7:30 in the morning, Tara left Kansas City headed to greener pastures and hopefully, a happier life in San Antonio, Texas.
I met Tara over 6 years ago, and it’s been a great six years. We went through a lot together: hospital stays, road trips, kite flying, and so much more. She’s been a better friend than I could have imagined and certainly better than I deserved. She influenced my life in so many ways.
Saying goodbye this morning was very difficult. It hasn’t really settled in my mind that she’s not here any more, but’s that the way big changes always are for me. The reality sets in slowly, giving time required time to adjust. I’m also left with a sense of ‘what now?’ that adds to the unease and anxiety I’m feeling about the start of this semester and my social situation in general.
I have other good friends here in Kansas City, but for today, for the moment, it feels like a very lonely place to be.