Losing a friend to love seems to be a common underlying thread in many lives, as time and relationships go on. It's happened to me more than once. Mostly, it happens when someone you've loved and been loved by, moves on , and eventually marries someone else. As you were trying to be friends before, then you hope to continue this friendship while respecting someone else's desires and wishes. Meeting the new spouse presents one with a little trepidation, but with one's best foot forward, you make the best impression you can. Afterwards, a distance grows. Fewer phone calls and birthday cards take the place of once very special visits. And then, one day that you don't even realize has come, the communication ends. Memories; One's left with very special memories instead; and that quiet psychological yearning deep within, that someday, you'll open the door and there she or he will be. It can be a very long wait.