The Friend

I found this essay, “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word” by Matthew Teague, on Longform. What initial interested me was the sentence-long summary/introduction Longform gave the piece–, “when the author’s wife was dying, his best friend moved in”. Matthew Teague writes about the events leading up to the death of his wife and how his best friend, Dane Faucheux, selflessly uprooted himself thousands of miles to be Teague’s support. This is not just another story about the horrors of cancer or how someone else’s grief helps the author come to terms with his own; this is a love story.  It a love story of the most platonic, non-romantic nature. The love that Dane has for Teague is what helps Teague through the dark and difficult time he is having being patient with his wife, his children, and himself. The author’s writing captures the emotion of everything perfectly while cleverly avoiding over dramatizing what was obviously a heartbreaking time in his life.

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