Hi everyone. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about one of my good friends from high school, Erika. Even though my friend’s been gone for 4 years today, this post was hard to write. It saddens me that I didn’t find out about her death until months after her funeral. I felt like such a failure as a friend. I’m trying not to cry too much as I write this. Maybe it’s all that pent up guilt or sadness combined that’s making me cry, I don’t know. I can’t stop crying but it’s alright. I’m just going to let the tears flow until they stop. We all need to have a good cry once in awhile anyway.
Even though me and Erika were friends throughout high school, we lost touch. I went to college and she went on with her life. I still thought about her often. I still think about her these days. I had her phone number and always said I’d call her so we could hang out sometime. Even though we eventually reconnected on Facebook, the day we’d hang out again never came. We both got busy with our lives. We started talking when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked that someone so young could have it. I comforted her the best way I could. I told her she would get better and she did for a little while. I thought she was going to stay in remission but it wasn’t meant to be. Erika lost her battle at 31 years old on Nov. 21, 2012. The good thing is I still have the memories that nobody can take away from me. I’m holding onto the memories of the football games we’d go to, a movie here and there, the many relaxing and funny conversations we had. You had the most contagious and goofiest laugh I’ve ever heard! I remember the time you had a crush on one of my high school boyfriends. I wanted to beat your ass SO bad! You said you were really sorry and I forgave you. Thank you for the years of memories you left me with. Rest in peace, my friend and until we meet again. Hey, when it’s my time we’ll finally have that drink we were supposed to have. Your memory will always live in my heart. Even though we lost touch, you never lost me as a friend and you never will. You are missed and loved by so many. Thank you for also teaching me the lesson of keeping in touch with people before it’s too late. I’m sorry I learned this lesson too late in our friendship. You are gone but never forgotten.
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