Parting Tears at Heartstrings
The following poem powerfully describes the painful feelings and issues that arise when friends (of all ages) are separated by a geographic move. It was written by a ten-year-old boy and given to his friend Jonathan Kleyn, now from Holland, Michigan.
My Best Friend
Jonathan is my very best friend
And he will be until the end.
Laughing, playing and having fun
We loved bright days out in the sun.
Rainy days were fun too,
We never ran out of things to do.
Swimming, gymnastics, spending nights –
We never ever had one fight.
He understood me like no other,
He was more than a friend – he was like a brother.
I liked him
And he liked me.
I thought that was how it would always be.
I thought we’d be together when we were sixty-two,
But it wasn’t true,
There was nothing I could do.
He was moving to Michigan – that’s far away.
And here I was – I had to stay.
I cried and cried.
Whenever I thought about it – I got sick inside.
I knew I’d miss him forever.
Would I forget him? Never
When he’s gone I’ll have the blues,
But he’s such a good friend – too good to lose.
Letters are nice, but not enough.
You can’t fit in all the little, everyday stuff.
He’ll move to Michigan and meet new friends,
And here I’ll be alone again.
All the time we spent together
Seems gone on the wind – as light as a feather.
But I’ll always have something from times gone past,
Something I know will always last.
If you have children and are moving, here’s some helpful advice from Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson in Let’s Make a Memory (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 1983, p. 143).
For additional caregiving advice, refer to the following categories on this website: “Caregiving Basics.”
The above advice is from The Compassionate Congregation, pages 165-169.