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.
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!