I have a total of two work friends. One of them is in another group and she is awesome and also a lifer. But I only have one friend in my group. And he is leaving.
Work friends are rarely your best friends, but they are super special and important relationships. It’s the foxhole mentality.
My work friend and I were in the same group for 2.5 years, but we only became friends a couple months ago. We bonded over the subject that usually binds peon employees together.
I had a couple work friends at my old job. One or two that I had real affection for. But then they left and/or I left. And that was it.
I’ve seen the old gang at happy hours occasionally. I still enjoy them but it’s not the same when you don’t have a pain-in-the-ass project to complain about. And since I stopped working in accounting, I don’t even get their tax jokes anymore.
C’est la vie. Farewell, work friend. I will still email you gossip until you no longer remember whom I’m talking about, which will probably be two months from now.