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#Bondstories: Counting Days Till Christmas

#Bondstories: Counting Days Till Christmas

Two years ago I met my best friend through an organization we were both in. We'll call him Tony, like Tony Stark. Both of us were trying out for a team within it and I had dragged my friend along. We walked in and the first thing she said was "Oh my, look at all the cute guys" and of course being me I shrugged it off and just laughed. Eventually her and I started talking to this one guy, and I honestly just thought he was doing it to be polite. But one night we exchanged social handles and phone numbers and then slowly but surely we started talking regularly. We would talk from 7ish in the morning to sometimes 2 - 3am. Within only a few months I found myself trusting him with stuff that it normally takes me years to share.

He's changed my life in so many positive ways. He helped me through so much, he's been like a light in the dark and I could never thank him enough for that. We both ended up making that team and I made it to provincials, but due to lack of care on my part and lack of training with skis I pushed myself and ended up falling. I ended up injured to the point that walking was impossible without extreme pain in my knees. Throughout that Tony was helping me whether it was carrying me to the bus or just assisting me in routine tasks. He was always there and it meant so much to me. Eventually I had to go to physio so he suggested I go to the same place as him and we made our appointments the same. One night went to see a hockey game together and then us hanging out really began.

Eventually we were constantly together doing things like going to get subs at 11:30pm, going on random adventures, watching movies, volunteering, practicing softball/baseball, cheering each other, playing PS3 etc. But overall I travel a fair bit, so when one day me and him were just fooling around on my computer and came across the Bond Touch bracelets, I thought it was a cool idea seeming how much I was out of the country. Eventually it sort of went to the back of our minds when it seemed they wouldn't be coming for awhile.

For two years we were constantly hanging out and it was to the point a lot of people would refer to us as one person or consult me for example if they wanted him for something. Eventually we both started dating other people, neither of us 100% content with our relationships. Then one day when we were hanging out doing our normal nap sess after a long day we realized how much we actually cared for each other. We ended our relationships and got together.

Around this time the bracelets became a reality and we were pumped. We were constantly asking questions and keeping up to date with the updates and then this summer we both went away - I went to one province in Canada and him to another. I was gone for only 3 weeks but he was gone for 6. Of course we called and were constantly texting when we were free. But once I got home after my 3 weeks I discovered that I was moving across the country due to my father's work.

Worst part was I was leaving the end of August, so by time Tony got home I would have one last week with him until I came home Christmas time. So one week before he got back I called him and told him I was leaving. It was a heartbreaking moment and the one I will never forget. I cried for hours and the messages were very heartfelt that night.

The day Tony got home I went to the airport to see him, my last week with him was definitely one of my most favourite weeks no matter how sad it was deep down. I didn't tell him how much it really made everything seem so unreal and how much I enjoyed it in a bittersweet way. I could never ask for a better best friend nor a better partner. But now I'm across the country from him and it's been hard, transitioning from being one with him to struggling to find time to call for more than 10 minutes. I'm sitting here day in and day out and my one constant wish is that I had hugged him longer in our final hug before I left. But I am so grateful to know we'll have our bracelets soon. Even that little buzz is something to remind us that we're still here for each other, that we miss each other, and that Christmas will be here sooner than we know. Because I hope he sees this - happy 5 months (as of October 14th)!

Angel, see you Christmas time