Today is one year since my friend Trish passed away. I feel like it has been a mere blink. I had intended to spend some time reflecting and remembering her and the times we enjoyed together.
Back in the day, when our girls were just 7 and happily chatting and giggling, we would sit and drink tea, talk about being mothers, wives, about friendship, washing tips, dinner options and sometimes, the bigger issues, about life and purpose.
As the girls grew, our conversations changed to include problem solving the issues that raising adolescent girls brings, and laughing at how the time had flown between barbie dolls and bras.
I miss her.
When I thought more about how to spend the day, I wondered what she would suggest I do. And then I knew.
I arrived at my daughter’s school late morning, requesting she be sent to the office with her school bag. I wrote ‘family reasons’ in the space on the form to sign her out.
And that’s exactly what it was…a family reason. I wanted to spend time with my beautiful daughter, just her and I. To savour and appreciate her amazing nearly-15-year-old self.
We went to the movies and saw a romantic film, where we both ‘appreciated’ the lovely Channing Tatum 🙂
And it was good just to be together, to do something fun and girly, just her and I. She is, and is becoming, an awe inspiring person. One whom I am mighty proud to say is mine.
If Trish were here, we would stand back and look at our beautiful girls in amazement, smile at each other and shake our heads. “How did we manage that?” we would say to each other.
So, this one is for you, Trish, in remembrance, in celebration and in gratitude for all you gave to us both.