November 17th…A Day that I will Always Remember..

I’m really behind. As always.

On November 17th, 2015, one of my very best friends left for the air force. It was such a bittersweet day. I am so happy for her and the new and exciting journey she is going to embark on, but I am really going to miss her. I already miss her like crazy.

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We met at work. We were coworkers for about 4 years. After I left, we remained very close friends. She was just that type of person that nonjudgemental and I could say whatever I wanted around her. And she was a straight shooter. She would say whatever was on her mind to me no matter what. I still have this with other friends, it’s just not the same. It’s not her.

I was trying to think of something to do for her while she was gone. I ended up making envelopes that she is going to be able to open each week until she graduates. I thought it would be something cool for her to look forward to each week. She is currently in basic training and will be there for a total of 8 1/2 weeks. She is going to be there during, Thanksgiving, her birthday, Christmas, and New Years. That’s a lot of major things to miss. It makes me sad that she is going to miss that time with her family, but it’s also just part of the journey.

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Yesterday was the first holiday she missed, Thanksgiving. I can’t even explain it but she was on my mind all day. As soon as I woke up, I kept thinking of her. Before she left, she created a group and included close friends and family so we could all be included on any updates anyone got about her. My husband said to me around noon, “Keisha, you need to look in Krista’s group.” There was a picture of her and four other girls. I instantly started crying. She looked so good, and even happy. It just warmed my heart. I went to one of her sister’s pages and they actually got to hear from her. Krista called her mom briefly and one of her sisters videoed the call. I couldn’t really hear what she was saying, but, again, I just knew everything was okay. It just made me so happy that she got to talk to her family. I know that meant a lot to her.

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Then, I got the call. She actually called me. We were at my in-laws when she called me. We were outside getting ready to take a picture and my mother in law was holding my phone. She said, “Someone is calling you from San Antonio, TX.” It was Krista. As soon as I heard her voice I broke down into tears. It was pure fate that she called me. I let her talk and talk and talk to me as much as she could because I knew we wouldn’t have a lot of time to talk. They were being honored at a local Harley Davidson store. They cooked for them and gave them a huge Thanksgiving meal and they were able to contact their loved ones. There was just so much to say and our call only lasted 9 minutes. I was just elated to hear from her.

I miss her so incredibly much. Her graduation is set tentatively for January 8th and Scott and I plan to attend. Krista and Scott have a very special bond too. And I love that they do.

Krista is going to make the air force her career. I am so happy about that. I think she will go very far in this field. Plus, she will be very secure and get to see the world. For that, I am jealous 🙂 I told her once she gets stationed, it better be somewhere warm or close to a beach so we can go on vacation for free. In all honesty, no matter where she goes, we will visit.

More than anything, I hope she finds her true self while she is away. She has struggled a little with her place in the world and I think this will help her tremendously.

Until next time…

 

–The Kentucky Momma

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