Thursday, May 28, 2009

Farewell and Hello

Dear You,

I hate that it's come to this. But there's a lot I've been wanting to say to you for a long time now. A lot I've held inside. A lot I've let seethe until today. I am done seething. I am ready to boil.

I don't like you anymore. Sure, things were good for a while. There were the quiet evenings. The laptop-lit Healthy Choice dinners. The sharing of secrets.

Come to think of it, though, you never shared any of your secrets with me. You were too busy sharing my secrets. With the whole world.

What kind of friend are you, anyway?

The moment you found out I quit my job -- tada-- everyone knew. The moment you learned I was engaged -- wham -- you distributed photos to 100,000 of your closest friends. Then finally -- the clincher. You always wanted to hang out when I was in the middle of finals. Or wedding plans. Or column deadlines.

My friends tried to tell me you were holding me back. "Don't you realize there's so much more out there for you?" they asked. "Don't you realize this is a take-take relationship? It's draining you dry."

And they were right. You were draining me dry. One by one, my friends quit visiting. They said you were old and outdated. At first I stood up for you. After all, we'd been friends for so long.

Despite all this, you walked with me through the crummy night shift job at the hospital. You walked me through college so I wouldn't have to work the crummy night shift job at the hospital. You walked me through my first date. You walked me through my wedding day. You walked me through talks with editors, agents, and publishers.

You never complained about being second fiddle. Even when I neglected you. You were there.

Is that a tear running down my face? I believe it is. Because today I say goodbye to you. And as angry as I was a few moments ago for how old, outdated, and image-shattering you were... you were still my friend. And I will miss you, Dear Website.

Thanks for the memories.

B.J. Hamrick is sad at the departure of her old website, but glad to announce that her new best friend can be viewed here:
Photo source: Microsoft Clip Art Gallery


Rusty said...

The new blog design is awesome!

BJ Hamrick said...

Thanks so much, Rusty! :)

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Love it!

BJ Hamrick said...

Aww, thanks, Donna!

Elaina M. Avalos said...

I'm liking the design! And I couldn't ever comment on your other blog so I'm happy because now when you make me laugh, I can tell you.

BJ Hamrick said...

Thanks, Elaina. I'm so glad the new format is easier to use, and especially glad that it makes it easier for us to connect. Your fiction is beautiful. Working on any projects?

Elaina M. Avalos said...

Thank you! Yes, the excerpt you read is actually what I'm working on now. In the end, it will hopefully be a 3 book series.

I know all about waiting--for the right guy, for high school to end, for my boobs to come in (two out of three ain't bad).

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