Count on Me – Ukulele Cover (and an open letter to my best friend)

Dear Katie,

The worst part about being an expat is the transitory nature of our lives.  I’ve read hundreds of blogs and heard tons of stories about the way that we meet people, become close friends, and then have to leave before we know it. But it’s never been quite as real to me as it is now.  Our impending separation sits like a lead weight on my heart.  And while I couldn’t be more thrilled to see you move on into this new season of your life, I’m really going to miss you.

…and Thailand is going to seem so empty and quiet without you.

I managed to keep myself together out until our last sleepover.  We were goofing off singing karaoke, and we turned on Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me.”  Somehow every phrase seemed tailor made to describe our friendship.

Like when the power went out and I got my flashlight for you but then pretended to be a zombie and freaked you out.  Or when I sang you to sleep the night after your mom died, but my voice kept cracking and going out of tune and I couldn’t remember any lyrics.  You still got to sleep though, and that’s all that matters.

But what really got me about this song was the bridge,

You’ll always have my shoulder when you cry
Never let go, never say goodbye…

Ahhh, the feels! (Keep it together, Mina!)

My shoulder has always been here for you, and it always will be.  And even though we’re parting ways, it’s not goodbye,  it’s just “see you soon,” (probably at your wedding… wink, wink).

Thank you for being amazing, helping me laugh at myself more, be more sarcastic, and appreciate the art of pun making.  You’ve brought so much joy and laughter into my life (and I gotta stop there before my computer gets too soggy with this water coming out of my eyes).


You are amazing, and I am so, so thankful that we are friends.  Anyway, I just want you to know that you can count on me. I’ll always be there.

All my love,

Montana native. Farm girl. Asia dweller. Sari wearer. Music maker. Amateur poet. Budding author. Homeschool graduate. Lumerit Scholar. Communications major. ESL teacher. Aspiring expressive arts therapist. Coffee lover. Child of God.

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