I Lost a Friend Today

November 25, 2014 5:39 PM

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I lost an old friend this week. Not in the idiomatic sense that he passed away, nor in the literal sense that I misplaced him in a crowded supermarket and never found my way back to him. Although, metaphorically, perhaps that's exactly what happened: we lost each other in the crowded supermarket of life, and by the time we realized we'd gone astray, there were just too many aisles and trolleys and shelves of tinned goods to find our way back. Of course, if I hadn't been pushing a wheelchair maybe I'd have been able to keep up a bit better.

They say that a crisis really shows you who your friends are. I don't subscribe to many things that "they" say, but this one, yes. "Friendship" is a strange concept in this social media world we live in, where our "friends" are either people we deliberately lost contact with after school but whom we...

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