Over five years ago, one of my coworkers (who was also a friend) died tragically. At 31-years-old, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and died very shortly after they caught it. It was gut-wrenchingly awful, and it still shakes me up to think about it. Thinking about her though and her kindness makes me smile from deep within. She was such a genuine person, and she had a way of putting me at ease.
My coworkers get together every year on the anniversary of her death to remember her and to share stories and to laugh and cry together. It is such a nice way to honor her memory, and I think it is very special that they do it.
I must tell you all, however, when I do most of my thinking about her. This special lady was also our house sitter when we’d go out-of-town. She looked after our animals, brought in our mail….took care of our details. I always left her a set of instructions that I had saved in my computer under her name. It was easy to just print out. All I had to do was change the hotel information…and voila…we were ready to go.
That document is still saved under her name. I’ve never had the heart to change it even though we obviously have a different house sitter. To me, and I know this might be a little weird, but it is like her spirit is still with us, and I feel good knowing that in some way she can still watch over our house when we can’t be here. Amazing…even in death she still puts me at ease.
Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” is the first song that came to mind when I started thinking about this subject. It’s such a lovely song and deeply meaningful for the moment, but I wish McLachlan wouldn’t have used it as the theme song for ASPCA commercials. It’s hard to hear it now without pictures of abused animals running through my mind. Oh well….at least it’s a worthy cause and a lovely song to think of my friend with. Click HERE to watch it on Youtube, and I promise, the video chosen does not show one abused animal! Instead….I hope the images from the lyrics bring up thoughts of beautiful people, because my former house sitter was as beautiful as they come.