183 Days

Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? I bet it went quicker than you expected, too. That’s what usually happens. There’s a saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” I agree with that. Yet I think that it also applies to another scenario – time flies when there’s a lot going on.

One hundred and eighty-three days is just about half of a year. You’re probably thinking, “Really? It’s been that long?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had the day on your mind for the past few weeks, as well as having it on your iCal. On the day of, the reminder pops up – but you don’t need to be reminded because you already know. It’s going to feel a lot like the first month.

By this time, I think you’re ready for a piece of advice that I was given, which will come in handy for your friend. Your friend is going to be on a curve. There will be days in which he or she is in a very good mood, and others when he or she is quite sad, because living without one or more of your parents stinks. Imagine their emotional state as you would a line graph for math class. Some days are really high, but on other days they drop really low. Kind of like the graph of a sine curve on this page. Even though it goes down, it will always come back up eventually. You just have to give your friend time. All of our emotions work like this to varying degrees, but your friend is especially vulnerable right now. During this month, your friend might be on a downslope, but if you give your friend time, the curve will come back up again.

As cliché as it sounds, patience and time are the keys to being a good friend during this time.

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