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  • Erin and I bought these shoes together a few weeks ago. We both loved them at first site. Before I posted this story, we were the only two people aware of the fact that our favorite pair of new shoes actually turn a person's feet a BRIGHT turquoise color that can take at least two showers to scrub away. When we bought them, I joked that I was happy that she was moving so that I would be able to wear my blue shoes to bars without worrying that she would show up wearing them as well. I didn't mean it.

    My sister and these crazy shoes are moving. In a strange reversal of roles, I am the one staying and she is the one leaving. I don't think I really understood the difference between these two relational positions before this week.

    I have made a discovery: It is more difficult to watch someone leave than it is to go...

    I am the one that drives across the country for college while she stays here to finish high school. I am the one that abandons my old furniture, clothes, and cars here with our parents as I leave for Europe, Hawaii, Indonesia, Canada to live and work. I always come to visit her here, in our home town. She is dependable and solid. She holds down the fort. She is the anchor. She holds the kite string while I skip around the clouds.

    And now she is leaving.
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