The Ham Sandwich: A Short Story

The Ham Sandwich: A Short Story

Our friendship started with a lonely boy and a ham sandwich.

I never wanted to say goodbye to Casper, but it was bound to happen sometime. Our friendship started with a lonely boy and a ham sandwich. After I got kicked out of my home, I started living on the streets, sleeping in the parks, and eating from the dumpsters that lay around the city. It wasn’t until I found the boy sitting outside of the high school with an uneaten ham sandwich that I found an opportunity for meal and a friend.

I was never one to be bold, but I hadn’t eaten in a few days and I was starving. The boy saw me coming and watched me as I approached. I stopped a few feet away, unsure if he would ignore me or not, but all caution was thrown to the wind as he held out the ham sandwich and told me he wasn’t going to eat it anyways.

Grateful for the meal, I snatched it from him and was about to run off when he called out. He said he didn’t have anyone to eat lunch with and could use the company, so I walked back and sat next to him, eating my ham sandwich. I didn’t talk much, but he told me all about what was happening in his school, how people were annoying, and how he missed his father. He told me all sorts of things and I sat there and listened, giving comfort by just being there.

This is how it went on for several months. I’d meet him at lunch and he’d bring a ham sandwich. He ate the bread and I ate the ham. He talked, and I listened.

One night, there was a big rain storm. By the time I found shelter, I was already soaking wet so I spent the night shivering in the doorway of a restaurant. When I met Casper the next day, he gave me his jacket so I could warm up and didn’t object when I curled up next to him. This is one of my favorite memories.

To me, Casper was my home. From him, I learned that I wasn’t homeless. He showed me that home could be a person. So when he told me that his family was moving, I couldn’t deal with it. I had just found a new home after getting thrown out of my old one and now he was leaving.

I was too angry and hurt to anything besides run away. I heard him calling after me but I didn’t feel like listening. What would I do without Casper? I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t take me with him. I couldn’t be that much of a burden, could I?

I guess that’s what hurt the most.

I didn’t see Casper after that. It’s something that I’ll always regret because I never got to say goodbye.

It was a Saturday when I went back to our meeting place. I knew he wouldn’t be there but I had nothing better to do and our old meeting place was one of the few things that gave me comfort.

Casper had left. I had watched him get into the car with his family and drive off. He hadn’t even tried to say goodbye.

My best friend, my home, was leaving me behind. I had become homeless once again.

When I arrived at our old meeting place, there was a package that sat in the place he normally waited. As I approached, I saw that it was a ham sandwich. On it, was a note that said goodbye.

I was trying not to cry. Who would eat the bread from the sandwich? I had no one to share it with and no one to listen to as I ate the small treat.

I could picture him coming with the sandwich, waiting until I arrived to give it to me, watching the time, leaving when it ran out.

Then he left.

And there was nothing I could do.

There was nothing I could ever do.

I am only a cat after all.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

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You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


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