Write about your worst hello and your favorite goodbye.
Do you remember how we met? Yeah, I doubt you’d ever forget this story: a clumsy plump freshman girl spills a whole cup of hot coffee on you. Not exactly the perfect way to get acquainted.
It was my first week at college. I was as confused and exhausted as any other freshman was. Big campus, long and difficult classes and a bunch of complete strangers all around me. I was tired, depressed, and wanted to go home for the weekend. Just as I thought this day couldn’t get any worse, I stumbled with a hot coffee cup in my hand, pouring all of its steaming content onto the shirt of a passerby.
“Ouch! Watch it!”
“Oh my God, I’m so sorry! I’m so clumsy!”
“Stupid freshmen! It’s damn hot! I’ll have blisters now and my shirt is ruined!”
“I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean to…Here, take a tissue!”
As I finally dared to look at my victim, I saw a tall dark-haired athletic guy with deep sky-blue eyes. The guy was visibly irritated if not enraged, but at that moment I thought he looked like the Prince from Cinderella. Though she had a shoe not a hot beverage.
“Again, I’m sorry. It’s just my first eek and I’m lost here, and now I spilled hot coffee on a guy!” My voice was getting higher, as I was going to burst in tears.
“Oh it’s ok,” said the Prince, “Just don’t cry. Get a grip! I think I’d better show you the way to your next class, in case you continue harming people. I’m Alex by the way.”
So we starting talking. We talked about college, and music, and movies, and teachers, and laughed at the story with the stupid coffee cup. Then we decided to grab some coffee to actually drink someday. Then we went to the movies…and we never parted since that day.
That was seven years ago.
Do you remember now? Do you remember all these years together? We were such a sweet couple. There weren’t a single person who didn’t go “Aww!” seeing us together. We shared everything, we had a lot in common. It looked like we really belonged together. All those happy memories…walks in the moonlight, romantic trips, kisses, passion. God, it was such a happy time! I wonder when we started growing apart.
When I was a little girl I thought love was this great thing that was permanent, eternal and unchanging. As I found out later, it didn’t work that way. Love doesn’t necessarily conquer all. As its head spinning and butterfly in the stomach creating effect wears off, there come fights, and tears, and pain, and reconciliation. And then it starts all over again, each cycle bring more hard feelings and exhaustion. But what comes after is the scariest thing. It is indeed permanent and irreversible. Indifference.
Let’s face it. We were really happy for years, and then really unhappy for some years more. And now we’re just…we don’t work anymore. So I believe it’s time for us to say good bye. It’s scary and hard but it’s what needs to be done. Good bye, my love, good bye our years of happiness, good bye our happy memories. I will always remember you. There, I said it. No I can go explore what’s out there. What waits ahead for me. All the future happy moments. Here comes my life, my freedom.