Our closest of friends banded together today without a second thought. However, this wasn’t the fun and adventurous road trip that we had been discussing for years to take together. Today, was about celebrating a life that touched so many of us.
It’s impossible to describe the absolute cherish I have for my friends who love, support and care for one another in all facets of our lives, especially at a time like this. We have a very special and true friendship which I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world.
Undoubtedly, it was super tough and emotional for us all to see these two great girls, sisters, be filled with so much sadness and devastation at the loss of their father. It’s only natural to want to take away their grief and put the sunlight back into their eyes.
I could tell that both these girls had the utmost appreciation and respect for us being there. They are not alone in this. We would never want or allow them to feel alone. Ever.
As I finally made visual contact with Jen it was as though she peered straight through me. I approached slowly and hugged her. The earth stood still. I had no words to speak. Every phrase and disjointed sentence contained inside my soul was passed through my body and into her own. In times like these there are no rules, no right thing to say. It felt right to just feel. For the first time in my life I realise that my tears were purely for someone else. Empathy.
Almost miraculously, those two girls pulled out every ounce of courage from within to say some of the hardest words any loving child would ever have to speak. My heart broke. Many times. The true eloquence of their delivery was filled with such warmth. They should be very proud. We are! I know their father could not be any prouder.
Today I am thankful for many things. For friendships. For loved ones. For family. For kindness. For memories. For the better days.