August 5, 2014:
I walked away from a good friend once before. Although, that vocabulary is already misleadingly simple. It would be better to say my decision was caught up in my family dysfunctions, and my emerging political commitment, and the many accidents of high school and geography. So that when the dust settled I went back to find him, but he was gone, and my regret ever since has been hard and full of self-reproach.