Who We Lose Along the Way

Some friendships flame out, some fade away.

LaDonna Witmer
7 min readMar 16, 2024

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When I was 15, a girl named Jennifer gave me a Best Friends necklace — a golden-hued heart split in two. The “best” half she gave to me, the “friends” half was hers to keep. Problem was, I hadn’t even realized until the moment she showed up with a gift that she thought we were anything beyond casual acquaintances.

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