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Jul 29

Hello Goodbye

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

I may have mentioned my neighbour once or twice before… since we moved here eight months ago, she’s been a huge part of this house.  Every now and then she’d bring a six-pack by and we’d talk nonsense until silly o’clock.  Other times she’d bring something sparkly or jingly for Laughingboy to play with, or a pair of fake wings for Puppychild.  We’d shirk housework together in the front garden under the sun and trapse through cowpats with our dogs, she gave me books on family herbal medicine, I gave her my ear whenever she had a gripe, which happened quite often.

She’s moving to the U.S. tomorrow morning forever and ever, so arrived this morning with a crateful of treasure which has kept me amused all day.

I gained:

-A copy of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
-‘For every child, a better world‘ by Kermit the Frog
-Methuen’s ‘The Beatles A – Z’
-A special (eventually collector’s) commemorative edition of TIME magazine’s view of the Obama election
Magic of the Celtic Otherworld
-A DC comic – Catwoman, dated 1st August 1993
-A Beano annual from 1993
-A Gustav Klimt print of Emilie Flöge (who looks not unlike my neighbour at all at all funnily enough)
-Several jars and herbal teas and picture frames and a clay ‘bits and bobs’ vase covered in runic writing
-A pair of funky Moccasins

I lost:

-A friend.


Bring on the comments

  1. Sorry to hear that, and I hope another good friend comes along to share the summer evenings with, but I can understand her too. This weekend is the beginning of August, and at the end of August we go back to Ireland… the sunburned happy part of me is thinking “screw that”. We’ve got no job there, high taxes, constant rain, high fuel prices, no twinkies… *sigh* I just might forget to go to the airport. But then I think of the good-byes I’d have to say, and wonder if I couldn’t make it through just one more year…

  2. holemaster says:

    It’s such an emotional strain on the country, this leaving and coming back and leaving. We’re like the small town of Europe.

  3. You’ll make a fortune on eBay at least

  4. Aw sorry you lost a mate. I was so glad when we moved here and discovered lovely C next door. You’re bound to keep in touch on t’internerd tho – and wow – the Velveteen Rabbit? Muchas jealousy, I love that book.

  5. Nick says:

    I wasn’t bothered until you mentioned the Beano Annual (goes bright green with jealousy). It’s always sad to lose a good friend, but hopefully you have plenty more to help you enjoy life/ kick it up the arse.

  6. Jo says:

    Boo to that.

    I hope someone else who lights your life moves in.

  7. holemaster says:

    …but not an arsonist.

  8. Natalie says:

    You did not lose a friend, you gained accommodation in another country! I left New York in 2001 and am still in touch with a friend I made there, I visited her and she and her family came to Ireland last August, stay in touch, or I always love the saying “”Friends come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”

  9. Townygirl says:

    i love your post and i love the post about her rant! i’m sorry your friend moved away. i hate it when that happens.x

  10. Brianf says:

    Losing a friend is always tough. Look on the bright side. You’re going to meet someone else who will take the place of your lost friend and you’ll have all new times to use as memories later.

  11. warrior says:

    You didn’t loose anything. Friends are like clingons , they stick.

  12. K8 says:

    Thanks for the comments, youz have skillz for putting positive spins on things!! I really appreciate it.

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