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A special friendship will endure way past the borders of this life and will continue anew beyond.

Recently my husband's best friend, who he's known since high school, passed away in his sleep following numerous health issues. Despite having lived more than 2,000 miles apart for many years, time and distance didn't diminish the close friendship and bond they've always enjoyed. While the sorrow of parting is deep, those memories rooted in years of love, fun, and laughter live on.

To paraphrase what Omer Demir emotionally shares with Elif Denizer in one of my favorite Turkish shows Kara Para Ask — life is based on time, time defines everything, and we draw the borders of our lives with time.

While this is all true, I know that the special friendship my husband and his best friend had will endure way past the borders of this life and will continue anew beyond.

As this year comes to a close and the new one beckons, I cannot help but reflect on the sorrow of partings and the anticipation of renewals.

Sad partings bring ache

Memories are here to stay

Wrapped anew today

We'll look back on all that transpired throughout 2021. For some, those memories include the sorrow of having lost loved ones, for others the joys of welcoming new loves, and for others yet a combination of both.

Stepping into 2022, we'll embrace the renewal of life's annual cycle. It's a cycle that allows us to continue building on the foundation of life's memories — good and bad.

For life is based on time. Time defines everything. We draw the borders of our lives with time. Carpe diem.

Lilisa Hall is a member of the Jottings Group at The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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