The loss

Over the past almost two years there have been many ups and downs, and very few ins and outs.
About a week ago I lost a good friend. At first I was sad, but I was surprised how hard it hit me. It wasn't a long friendship, but it was one of a kindred nature. Someone I could talk to about my situation that understood. Someone I could listen to, understand, and really enjoy listening to.
It was a friendship that started in a most unusual way, but blossomed into something wonderful. It was what I needed at the exact time I needed it. I had high hopes for the future, and it, in itself gave me hope.
Alas it was not meant to be. I claim full responsibility for messing things up. It made others unhappy and I talk too much when given wine.
Can men and women be friends?
Yes absolutely.
Can Albie keep friends in the future?
I hope so.
I hope so.
Lesson learned.