One thing the internet has brought has been the renewal of friendships. Occassionally, it reminds you why you lost contact .. but mostly the renewals bring a memory of laughter and love, never forgotten .. but sometimes rather dusty.
Recently, I got onto a FB web page “you know you’re from Mariposa if” so, being from Mariposa I joined and I learned a few things about life in the town I so treasure ..and most of that was that others treasure it as deeply as I. Bullies grow up and sometimes they outgrow it, not so much in others.
The other thing I learned … is we don’t all make it.
Last November, I was saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected suicide by one of my dear friends from high school, so dear, my son was named after her (Sam .. he was Samuel)
And last night, my dear best friend from 1st through 8th grade passed away suddenly and unexpectedly also in November, due to a blood clot .. 45 years old
We all know that life is a cycle, birth comes and death comes on a regular basis … and it can happen at any age.
I am, as I write this, talking with her sister, another dear friend. We are learning how our stories didn’t vary that far despite the miles and years … we’ve both lost loved ones, we both lost a daughter …we both have grieved the death of my beloved step father. She still has a toy he made her when she was 6, it sits on the hope chest that had been bought for her daughter. They make her smile …they reminder that she was loved .. that she has loved .. and always will be and always will have. I wish time could be turned back so I could just to have one more conversation with
Sam .. and Lisa .. tell them they meant something to me … and always will.