Quilt Reunites Past Friendship
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My junior year of undergrad, I studied abroad in England. My first friends at Oxford were the girls living next door to me. One was a British girl who had grown up in England. The other was an American student studying at the same University as I. We had never met before. Maybe it was our proximity or maybe we just had a lot in common, but these two girls became my family. We shared everything with each other. Our day-to-day lives were an open book, one that we shared daily over teatime. It was a year full of memories but nevertheless a year that had to come to an end. I remember our goodbye; that open ended feeling of not knowing when you will see each other again. Of course we would keep in touch. The thought of not knowing about every detail of their lives was unfathomable. However, the unthinkable happened. We lost touch. I moved to California, May stayed in DC after college and Amy finished her studies at Oxford and moved to London.
We tried to keep in touch. Facebook was not private enough. I didn’t want the “friend” I met randomly at a party to know about my personal life. Email was overwhelming. By the time I could answer Amy’s three-page email, she had already gotten over her breakup and was excited about someone new. Life moved fast and there was no easy way for us to keep in touch.
Six years later Quilt brought us back together. What Quilt did is bring back the crucial element that built this friendship and that was missing for years, the day-to-day conversation. The distance and time difference no longer matters. As soon as one of us is having a bad day, the other two are there to comfort her. We celebrate great moments and we help each other get through the hard ones. A west coast road trip for 2013 is already in the works.
I cherish my Quilt with these two girls. I look forward to waking up and hearing about the hours that have already passed for Amy in London and May in DC. A day does not go by that I do not hear about the things these two did and learned that day. One day Amy and I noticed that May was not responding to any of our posts. The notifications kept coming but May was not apart of the conversation. Amy and I Quilted about May’s absence (of course) and grew concerned. We gave it a day and a half before we were legitimately scared that something bad had happened to her. We quilted, called and texted only to find out later that day that May had left her phone at a friend’s house and was not able to pick it up until the following day. It is because of Quilt that I know what these two were up to yesterday, did today and am confident I will find out what is to come tomorrow. And when something is not quite right, we will know and be able to be there for each other in that moment. Not tomorrow, next month or never.
Marta, Quilter since November 2011