A Tribute to a Friend

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I have a close friend of mine that I've known for over a decade. We met in college, played a piano duet, sang in choir together and, in probably one of the best "friend" things ever, drove me all the way from Judson University in the suburbs of Chicago to the border of Ohio and Indiana on a last minute road trip because I had forgotten my birth certificate which I needed for an international trip we were leaving on with our choir the next morning.

I only remember bits and pieces of that day, the way I stood in front of the choir waiting to see if ANYONE would be willing to drive all night with me, and perhaps I'm remembering it wrong, but it felt like no one was volunteering. I was slowly resigning myself to making this 7 hour drive alone.

That's when his hand went up; he dropped what he was doing and did what few would have done. He was a hero for me that day.

But here's the thing, here's what makes what he did amazing, he hardly knew me. He drove over seven hours for someone he barely knew. He drove for one of those hours in almost complete silence because I was so angry at myself I was sulking in his passenger seat. I think I may have even fallen asleep for some of the trip, but he never faltered. He never got mad at me for being in a foul mood. He was a true friend before we even had an inkling of how close we would become as friends.

Now we live hours away and only see each other a couple times a year; between the two of us balancing families and jobs, woes, and joys it's almost impossible to see each other. However, we find time to talk for an hour or so every week or two while we are doing household chores or during slow times at work.

We talk about our lives and complain about our jobs. We discuss our plans for the future. We argue and disagree. We build each other up call each other on our bullshit. He really is a good friend. A best friend.

His name is Ross and to this day he is the best friend I have ever had.

This is what I think, What do you think?

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Tags: friend, friendship, hero

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