As I left, I remembered the words of some of my dearest friends when I cried recounting the events of my last conversation with Kobayashi. They were all encouraging, and told me that she was trying to do the same, and they were right.
I then thought how wonderful it was that some of the most important people in my life who I'd lost close contact have come back. They never really left, I guess, but I'm in better touch with them, and that makes me infinitely glad. I'd missed them.
Last week was a pretty shitty week for me. My skin got worse, I had a bad time in Japanese class, all sorts of crappiness seemed to abound. But it's a new week, and I'm getting each issue dealt with, one at a time.
And, as always, I'm an optimist.
To all of you who helped make me smile, thanks. Thanks to all of my friends. Just for being my friends. You people make it worth it to me, and I hope I can help you feel as good as I do. Much love always.