One Last Gift

My friend died yesterday. 

Three months ago when she called me to tell me that she had stage 4 cancer, she let me know that her biggest regret about this “whole cancer thing” was that she probably wouldn’t have the time to see the results of the presidential elections.

She was right. 

She didn’t.

What she DID have the time for, though, was to make sure that her many friends were all made abundantly aware of her love and appreciation for her time with us and that each of us were a joy and gift to her and sent us blessings via emails that her daughter graciously sent on.

And in this solitary gesture of love and kindness, what she did was to give us a gift; one last (and in some ways, lasting) gift from a woman who had given so much joy, kindness, laughter and encouragement to so many of us.

I am heart-broken, but so very grateful and honored to have known her and to have called her my good friend. 

The last message to all of us was for us to “be as loving and compassionate as we can, to our self and others” and then she fell asleep!

My dear, sweet Rozie Roo. She was my mentor, my friend and my surrogate big sister. 

And I loved her with my whole heart.

Thank you, dear Rozie, for your gift of joy and kindness; thank you, dear friend, for your unconditional love.

R.I.P. my loving, sweet, funny friend. 

I’ll see ya on the flip side!

My sweet Rozie

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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

16 thoughts on “One Last Gift”

  1. Many people walk in our lives and leave.. But only some leave their footprints in our heart..That feeling hurts but it is kinda best feeling to have special memories with rare people..

    Stay happy ❤

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  2. I hesitate to use the word ‘loss’ when a friend passes. A true friend is never lost. I think you will never lose Rosie. Annnnnd, I am so much like so many other people, because I can relate. My dear friend, Chris, died from cancer this past April. His memorial card still sits on my dresser, where it will probably sit for quite a while. I like being reminded of him, of his kindness to me and the way he was genuinely interested in how I was feeling before and after my divorce — a unique type of care that I felt from no one else. He is not lost. A piece of him still lives in me and the others he so wonderfully affected.

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    1. Yes, and Roz will continue to be a part of me as long as i live; part of her legacy of kindness and love. 💗 Nice to “see you” . Hope you r doing ok in these challenging times.

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  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. She sounds like a truly special lady. I’m happy for you that you had her in your life. And also for her having you. 🙂
    P.S. I’m glad I have you too, in some small way. 🙂

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