I am sorry for what I did not say

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  1. Anna Mamwell says:

    Very thought provoking and really resonates with me since my Leukaemia Diagnosis, friendships aren’t always easy and sometimes life changing events happen and people change, this is something I am struggling with so thank you for writing this.

  2. Kay Roof says:

    ” but our sorrows are not shared and joys aren’t multiplied.” You have conveyed so much about friendship is this one line, nicely written. This whole piece reminds me of the song by the Byrds, Turn, Turn, Turn.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    Moving essay and I especially liked the line, “We want the best for each other for old times sake but our sorrows are not shared and joys aren’t multiplied.” It encapsulated the totality and tragedy of what happened to your friendship. You also managed to convey how easily an evasion can become a chasm that no person can overcome. If I may give a personal opinion, I know I would want to know that you had been there with me all along, even if our friendship still can’t be resurrected by that knowledge. Good job!

  4. Nancy Lowell says:

    Loss is difficult no matter what precipitates it. I think all of us have been in that moment where we don’t know what to do for a friend or loved one. It breaks my heart for you and for your friend…

  5. Bellybytes says:

    I completely understand the loss of a friendship because of what you did or did not do. I feel if the friend can’t get over this, she/he is not worth having as a friend any more. Do not mourn the loss of this friendship. Life is made of friend shifts and not really friend ships. True friends understand that people can’t always live up to what is expected of them and accept this ‘failing’ and continue to remain friends.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can see from the comments that you have really struck a chord here, which is what good writing should do! I liked the fact that you didn’t shy away from any truths here. It makes for a stronger piece.
    I don’t think what you did was wrong or weak. I have experienced grief from both sides and when being comforted, sometimes these phone calls such as the ones you described were little oases of happiness in my day, even if it was just a superficial laugh. I knew these friends cared about me just as much as the ones who said all the ‘right’ things.
    I hope you don’t judge yourself too harshly for this. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh, Parul. This is so honest and vulnerable. It’s always the things we don’t say that we regret. It is unfortunate. I hope she reads this so she can see how much you do still love her. Xx

  8. Kalpanaa says:

    This definitely touched a chord with me because it’s universal. There’s invariably been an occasion like this in everyone’s life. I don’t know if that’s any consolation to you but it’s a fact. There’s that one time you didn’t say anything that reminds you to push yourself to find something to say every other time.

  9. Danielle says:

    Awww, Parul! I think if she reads this, that will close some of the gap, and bring back the love. How incredibly open and honest of you.

  10. Vineeta says:

    We all are different people . One thing can’t be applicable for other . Your temperament is like your father . He also avoids” that ” situation.
    It happens in life …we can’t carry same relationship always _ with same warmth .
    In your case atleast u know the reason . But in my case I even don’t know what have I done ?
    And last 3 yrs we r not talking .
    Previously it used to hurt me a lot . But now I hav adjusted and happy .
    Love u

  11. I’m sorry to read this, Parul. It’s always hard to find the right words and often those we offer seem so facile. It’s often so hard to replace presence and hugs with words. Sending you love and hugs.
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  12. Shruti says:

    It so resonated with what I feel in situations like you have been. Something that I dread to face, however hard I try. And from inside I know, this is definitely not the way to escape.. Hope I learn soon.. And, wish your friendship too to come out of this unpleasant phase.

  13. Traci York says:

    Parul, this resonated with me on many levels. I’ve been where you are, and I’ve also been in the position of your friend. Having that perspective made me realize that while I did “drop the ball,” I didn’t fail my friend who was mourning. Everyone handles grief differently, and some people would welcome having a close friend who’d distract them with topics other than the elephant in the room. Now if your friend said, “I really want to talk to you about this, ” and you said, “Oh hey, look at that butterfly” then I could see why she’d be upset, but communication goes both ways. I hope some day maybe you can both come to some understanding, and mend your friendship. *hugs*
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  14. Shilpa says:

    I can hear you ! Sometimes the most simple words can’t come out of our mouth & we regret it . Hope your friend reads this heart touching post.

  15. Uma says:

    This must hurt so much, Parul. I get your point. I also dread offering condolences. I don’t know what to say and I try to avoid talking but I’ve also realized the importance of acknowledging the other person’s loss, especially when the person is close to me. Perhaps you can write to her about why you did not say those words. It may or may not bridge the gap but it’s important that your friend should know that you are not a cold person or a fair-weather friend. Hugs, Parul. This was a heartfelt and honest post.
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  16. damn. This was brutally honest. And I saw a bit of myself in both of you… people I have failed as well as people I let go because they were not there when I needed them to be.
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  17. Geets says:

    Maybe it was meant to happen that way! There are certain situations in our life that can’t be controlled. Maybe it was one of them. And maybe you learned a few things as well. I, just like you, simply don’t know what to say at such times. Words which never leave, fail me during those times and I can’t describe how pathetic I feel!
    You’re a beautiful person, Parul with a gem heart. I hope writing this has unburdened your heart a bit. Take care.

    Love you.

  18. Shilpa Garg says:

    A bug hug to you, Parul. I can so relate to this. Sometimes we don’t say what we feel, not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know how to! Hope your friend reads this and realizes that she still means a lot to you!

  19. It’s not easy and delicate in pushing to say words during such tough times. Let time heals. Don’t push yourself to the wall. I am sure with time, things will settle in the right manner.

  20. Rajlakshmi says:

    Like you, it is not easy for everyone to express their emotions. Words fail sometimes and I can understand how difficult it must for you. I really hope your friend gets to read this post. Hugs and Love to you.
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  21. I hope your friend gets to read this post and these words that have flowed straight from your heart.
    Beautiful post, Parul.

  22. Shilpi says:

    Hug your friend if you are able to meet her and I am sure things will be better. Well if she is reading this post you have already won your friend back.

  23. Uma says:

    That’s so sad. Is it a true incident? I think if you pour your heart out to your friend like you did now, she will understand you. That’s how friends are, right? Hoping this was a piece of fiction. Hugs dear :*

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