The Friday before Big L left, we hung out with my friend Danae and her family for the last time with Big L there. I’m so blessed to have Danae as my friend. She’s the best kind of cheerleader and gift giver and listener and advice giver and I could go on and on. But, I’m sorry, she’s mine and I won’t share her. Just kidding, maybe if you’re nice.
Danae pressed a box into my hand. “This is for you and [Big L]. To give to her at the airport.”
And I opened the lid to find two necklaces. A heart and a circle with a heart cut out.
Flashback to a few days prior, another friend and I had been discussing gifts for Big L after she returned. My friend suggested necklaces like this and sent me a few links, but they were all either too expensive or not something I’d be able to get in the time we had. Danae had no clue I had been looking at these necklaces and I think she must have ordered it long before.
Big L loved this little gift, which I waited to give to her until just shortly before the goodbye.
And, it’s fitting with how I’m feeling. I handed over a big chunk of my heart to that kid.