a farewell letter to Ashley


Ashley is the little sister of my high school boyfriend. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve watched her home videos, attended dance recitals and chaperoned her scavenger hunt birthday party at the mall. I’ve adored her from the start and was delighted when she moved to New York in January 2010. Since then Ashley has made great strides in her career as a journalist, most recently accepting a job at USA today. It has been such fun watching her grow–I am just bursting with pride! A farewell letter and some New York essentials (read: black and white cookie) were a must.

February 22, 2013


It seems like just yesterday you were camped out on my couch searching furiously for employment and a place of your own. Just as I expected, you were quick to land on your feet. You grew professionally, made new friends and soaked up this city, one experience at a time. And now, a new opportunity beckons you to the District. While New York and I are sorry to see you go, we are gushing with pride (especially me)! I know you will be a great success in your next endeavor. May it lead to continued career growth and some damn good adventures. I wish you nothing but the best dear friend. Ready your couch for cherry blossom season, wink.


Lauren xo

Paper Pastries, card + coffee cup purchased at MoMA

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