Threw Our Friendship Away
October 5, 2021
Ariella Jacobs

Throughout my high school days, I made quite a lot of friends. However, there was one that stood out from all the rest. This girl was my best friend from the ninth grade until we were about 19. From the beginning of our friendship, and honestly, until its end, I was convinced it would last forever. Unfortunately, life had other plans. We started as a group of about five friends, and out of all of them, my connection with this girl was the most significant. We’ve been through so much together, and I was so hopeful about the future of this connection.

For about a year and a half post-graduation, we managed to maintain┬áthe close nature of our relationship. However, when we were both about 19, there was a turn in our relationship. Though it felt like it all happened in a single moment, it happened gradually, and I didn’t notice until it was too late. Looking back, it all started when she started dating someone she met during one of our nights out. Our distancing didn’t stem from jealousy or anything like that, not at all. At first, we grew apart naturally, as she now had a boyfriend, it was understandable that we would spend less time together. Nonetheless, at a certain point, it was more than that.

Over time, I started noticing we grew more and more apart. The amount of time we spent apart wasn’t understandable anymore. She canceled every meeting we scheduled with different, silly excuses. She stopped our tradition of talking on the phone every day – it seemed like she wanted to delete me out of her life. When I finally noticed the patterns and saw just how much we drifted apart, I had to get to the bottom of it. It didn’t make any sense to me. Not a lot has changed since we were the best of friends, and, for the love of me, I didn’t understand what happened that caused this behavior from her. So, I came to the following conclusion – I had to confront my once best friend about her strange and out-of-the-ordinary behavior.

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