How do you say goodbye to your best friend? Goodbye as in, really goodbye.
You passed away this last summer. July. While I was at Lake Powell. On vacation. You fought cancer. Stupid cancer.
I didn’t go to the funeral. I live in Denver. You lived in Montréal. And I was at Lake Powell. It was complicated.
Best friends. We met when we were 8 years old. 3rd grade. We stayed close despite the physical distance between us.
You gave me the best gift a friend can give. You shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with me. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because you loved me so much, you had to share. And I prayed about it. It was right for me too.
I went to Montréal in September. I went to the cemetery to see your grave site. I didn’t feel your presence there. Nothing at all. I didn’t feel like taking a picture.
I went to the site of the school where we met. The school burned down several yeas ago. They built a beautiful park.
I sat on the swings. I felt your presence. Very strongly. I miss you so much. You have blessed my life with your fun sense of humor and friendship. I think you were a much better friend to me than I was to you.
Looking up at you. Thanks for coming to me in a dream. It made me so happy. I know you’re happy up there. Blessing more people with your love.
Thanks for supporting my photography hobby. Thanks for believing in me. Now all I have are those great pictures of you. Wish I had taken more. Won’t share the one with you and the perm that just wasn’t the best “do”.
So glad I have those pictures.
They make my heart happy.
God be with you ’till we meet again. Je t’aime beaucoup ma belle. Merci d’avoir été une si bonne amie.