when I think about leaving
I think about the time I had you over to watch a movie with a bunch of others and you inspected my bookcase just to make sure we could be friends.
I think about that time I was at your house until 3am playing “Your Best Life Now” and you fell off your chair laughing.
I think about the time we sat at a table at a church potluck together and suddenly I thought it might actually work to stay.
I think about the time you showed up at my door with two other friends, with me expecting the two of us to go have breakfast, but instead you all plowed your way into my home with donuts and a puzzle.
I think about the time we sat for hours while I crocheted and you sewed something and we sang to The Sound of Music at the top of our lungs. (And I recorded it on my phone to use for blackmail later.)
I think about the time you collapsed onto my sofa and declared you were moving in because it was so much better than yours.
I think about the time you paid your son to take credit for one of your moments of, ahem, “flatulence” and we never laughed so hard together.
I think about the time you walked me to my car after watching that movie at Harkins, and we talked about life and culture and movies and Jesus. And you hugged me for the first time and I knew I loved you.
I think about that time I got a friend request from you and we hadn’t even met yet.
I think about the first time I told you I wanted to punch someone in the throat and somehow, that didn’t scare you. (Well, maybe it did a little.)
I think about wrestling with 2 Corinthians 5 together, with our bibles open and our assumptions set.
I think about that time when you called me because you saw something I posted on Instagram and you made me cry. I don’t like to cry in front of you.
I think about the time you licked the knee of a fellow small group member and they still haven’t recovered because of their germ phobia.
I think about the time you taught me how to make fondant from marshmallows and my hands turned pink.
I think about when you and I cried together over a loss and we were never the same after that.
I think about the first time you texted me a gif and our communication was altered forever. Still not sure if that’s a good thing, though.
I think about the first I had a martini at Bedillons and we all gathered together in the back room and celebrated being together.
I think about the time I gave you bacon and you hung it on your tree.
I think about the time you looked me in the eye and knew what I was feeling and all we could do was just hug and know that our hearts were very old friends.
I think about painting polka dots and chai tea.
I think about that time sitting on your back porch when it rained, while your dog snuggled up next to me and we ate frosted cinnamon rolls and drank coffee.
I think about that Christmas gift I gave you that I knew you would be the only one to get it. Because us.
I think about getting pedicures with hot stone treatments and giggling.
I think about Trump’s lips and Jesus take the wheel.
I think about hundreds of mini muffins and you with a timer.
I think about the white buffalo. I think about music.
I think about phone calls… so many phone calls… and coffee and blankets and pillows and backyards and sweeping and laughter. So much laughter.
When I think about leaving I think of all this. I think about you. And I think about how I don’t want to go.