This post is a personal one. I don’t typically mix personal and business matters, but sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned.
How many of you KNOW your neighbors? I mean REALLY know your neighbors? Know their name, know the names of the kids, know the names of the pets, know the names of neighbors’ family members? I’m blessed to live in a community where my neighbors are my friends. Not merely acquaintances, but truly my friends. We hang out together, our kids hang out together, we watch one another’s homes when we go away on vacation, call when an unknown car is in the driveway, etc. I love my neighbors – they are my support system.
Today my neighbor, my friend, my kids’ trusted person left earth to be in heaven. She entered my life during a time when someone was leaving my life. We’ve been friends for over 3 years – and some of the longest years of my life. She took my kids in when I needed help, she offered to help me when I didn’t even know I needed help, she laughed with me, she listened while I cried and she loved my kids as her own. Anyone who knew her, respected her, liked her, admired her. Her heart was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. Her patience was never ending. She loved being in a house full of kids. She opened her house to all of us neighbors – hosted fabulous Halloween parties, New Year’s Eve parties, summer parties, etc. She gave of herself and was one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was such a dear and important friend to me. I never got the chance to tell her how much she meant to me and to my kids who loved her and her family. She leaves behind three beautiful girls – two of which have birthdays within days of my own children. She leaves behind a loving and kind husband. She leaves behind a fabulous family. She leaves behind a whole neighborhood that will miss her smile and laughter.
I never got the chance to take any pics of her (even though I desperately tried). But she left me with a lot of good memories. I thought I would try to convey what she meant to me and so many through the use of some of my kids’ favorite toys growing up. I miss you friend. I’m honored to call you friend. I will be sure to walk down two houses to check on your children, kiss their boo boos and make sure your hubby perfects a ponytail. When your girls go to Homecoming or Prom, I will be there to take pictures of them in their beautiful dresses. I will help them with their makeup and I will remind them of what a FABULOUS mother you are and how much you love them. Rest in peace, friend.