dear world,

i recently went to a memorial service for a friend whose son had passed away. in fact, he died on my daughter’s 5th birthday. the son was grown and i had never met him, but i am close with the father.

i went to the visiting hours and stayed for the service. i’m glad i did. he gave me such a big hug. and he got up and spoke. i cannot express how proud and impressed i am that he could get up in front of friends and family and share stories about his son. i couldn’t have done it. i cried and cried.

and of course, i didn’t have any tissues. i did have one of V’s socks in my handbag which in case you were wondering, serves as an excellent tissue in a pinch. so here i am, sitting between two co-workers, sniffling into a sock.

i don’t know what i would do if i lost one of my girls. i might just curl up in a ball and never get out of the bed again. i am so amazed at my friend’s strength.

cherishing the good and the bad,



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