I wrote about Emily's friends a few months back.
Specifically, her very first friend Ellie that she picked out in her Kindergarten class.
They dressed up like each other for twin day. They hung out together at birthday parties. They had playdates at each other's houses. They ate lunch every day together at school. At their graduation, there was a slideshow of pictures and there was Emily and Ellie with huge smiles on their faces, much like in the picture above. It was sweet. My girl had found her very own best friend.
I found out today that they are moving.
I was loading Em up in their car to go play and I almost couldn't hold back the tears. Emily didn't get what me and Ellie's Mom were talking about. She probably thought we were talking about their vacation or something. Had she known I know she would've started crying.
So, we will have to explain what it means to her. That the fact of life is most friends come and go and if you are lucky you might get one, like Aunt Pam, who will be your friend forever. I know she won't understand. I can't promise that we will see them again. They will be about 2 hours away.
I had visions of these two girls trying out for cheerleading together and getting ready for their Sr. Prom together. And I'd tell them about their first playdate and how excited they were when they saw the ice cream man. Emily had already asked about a dozen times if Ellie would be in her first grade class and that she wanted Ellie to come to her 6th birthday party in August. My girl was making plans with her best friend, just like I was.
And none of those things will happen now.
And it breaks my heart because I know it is going to break hers.