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Fri., Nov. 27, 2009, 1 p.m.

Just Friends

It's been nice having our oldest son at home for the holiday. He's part of an urban ministry program at a local church and travels quite a bit.

For the past few years, he's gotten up early on Black Friday to shop with his girlfriend (or friend depending on the status of their relationship.) They've known each other since birth and have dated off and on throughout high school.

Last night my son said, "I'm not going shopping with Caryssa, tomorrow." They'd broken up over the summer and she has a new boyfriend. However, I was suprised because no matter the state of their romance they've always been friends and they have a lot of little traditions like this that they keep no matter what. But my son said, "It's not good for me to be with her right now. I miss her too much and it just makes me sad, so when she called I said, 'Not this year.'

I'm proud of him, But I wonder... Is it possible to be "just friends" with someone you've been in love with? I wonder....

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.