Perhaps not an end but certainly an immense change. I came back to the UK from NY in 1984 following the separation between my ex and myself, with an 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter in tow. I met C as our sons were in the same class and had become friends. We had a lot in common besides being lone parents. We are both avid readers, love films, walking etc. We got on extremely well and shared a lot of the trials, tribulations and joys over the years. We weren't in each others pockets and of course we each had other friends that each of us saw on a regular basis. We had two super holidays together and that is always a test of friendship. But because of our situation we did tend to spend more time with each other. I was 'retired' at 60 years old, at the time it was the policy of the Medical Practice that all staff retired at 60. [of course thats all changed now]. As I had a small amount still to pay on my mortgage, I took a part time job at a quality supermarket where I now work as an internet shopper. My mortgage is paid I now work because I enjoy it. C worked until she was about 64 when she announced that she was retiring. That's when the change started. She seems to be withdrawing from the rest of the world. Her world has always been smaller then mine. All her friends live here. She has one son and no other family. I've lived all over the world, have family and friends elsewhere as well as here.
My job means mixing with people of all ages. She now mixes with people a great deal older then us . Our conversations don't flow like they used to - we seem to have less and less in common. As she doesn't have GC she doesn't understand why I like spending time with them as much as I do. As she hasn't any family doesn't understand family ties. I went out to the Forest last week with another friend for a dog walk. We laughed and chatted it was a lovely time. I don't seem to have that with C anymore. It's so sad. Obviously I'll keep up the friendship we've been through a lot together but iwe barely are meeting weekly at the moment.