Yesterday


Yesterday was a day filled with suck. It was tragic, sad and gut wrenching.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the day my Dad’s best friend, Billy, died. He was more than my Dad’s best friend; he was part of our family. I have so many happy memories with him in them.

He died, suddenly of a heart attack, 8 years ago yesterday. He was 44 years old and left behind a wife and two teenage daughters. I am certain wherever he is, he is so proud of the women his daughters have grown up to be. I miss him so much and when I think of him I always smile. He meant so much to my family and I.

I don’t think my Dad will ever be the same as he was when Billy was here with him. I doubt a day goes by where he doesn’t miss him and wish he were still here with us. I don’t think broken-hearts ever mend after losing your closest friend. I think you just carry them around with you.

Billy was loving and loyal. He was as kind-hearted as anyone could be. He was here one minute, gone the next. In seconds all of our lives were changed.

Yesterday was also the day my sister Doni lost her dear friend, Michelle. She passed away yesterday morning from a brain aneurysm. She was 37 years old and left behind a loving husband and two young sons ages 6 and 3.

It happened so fast and in moments she was gone. She never even knew she was sick.  She fought so hard but despite the best medical technologies and her strong will she had to go.

Michelle was a great friend to my sister and although I did not know her well, the short time I had spent with her she was always smiling. She adored her boys and was an incredible mother. I pray they are able to remember just how special their mom was and how she fought so hard to stay with them. I also pray her husband, Joe, will find a way to heal and stay strong for their boys.

Losing a loved one is never easy. It always hurts. There is a lesson to learn here and that is there are no guarantees in life. It is a hard lesson to learn, to remember. It is so easy to take for granted all we have, all those we love, because we are fortunate enough to still have them. The key is realizing someone could be with you laughing one minute and gone forever the next. It is tragic, sad and completely unfair.

So yeah, yesterday wasn’t a good day. I missed Billy with same aching heart as if he died just a moment ago and I was heart-broken to hear about Michelle. The sadness I feel for Michelle’s family, her husband and kids, is indescribable. My heart hurts for my sister and my Dad who will forever have to live without their dear friends.

If there is one thing yesterday taught me, it is to be thankful. So I am, I am so thankful I have today.

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