"Dear Carol, I miss my guy friend"
There's this boy that I was good friends with in fifth and sixth grade but haven't talked to him in a while. I used to like him, but not anymore. He was my first real guy friend and we would joke around and I could tell him stuff. I miss being his friend. I just found out that he is moving two hours away next year. I'm really sad about it, because there's a good chance I will never see him again. What can I do?
Dear Old Friend,
You can tell him what you told me. You can say or text, "I heard you were moving and I'm happy for you, but it makes me a little sad, too...You were my first guy friend, and I liked whne we used to joke around." No harm in expressing genuine feelings. The only risk is that he might wonder if you like-like him, so if you don't keep the tone light—no heart emojis.
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