I'm in a bad place right now and felt the need to vent. I'm saddened, shocked and heartbroken by the death of my longtime friend, Sue. We were the same age(I'm not telling!) and had known each other since junior high and although I'm only 5'3 I was "tall" around her since she stood at only 5'. I've gotta tell you though, she was tall in every other way!
Have you ever encountered anyone in your life who has a positive and endearing touch that affects everyone they meet? Sue was one of those people. I recall the first time I met her, I was a naive, innocent(if that was ever possible) and she had "been around". She wasn't a "garden tool" but she'd seen something we were still trying to figure out. As conversations between adolescent girls went in the early '70s, we were talking about how babies were born. When her mom gave birth at home, she got to see the whole thing happen and she gave us the blow by blow! That made her the most popular girl in our science class! After that first day, we became fast friends all the way through high school.
After high school, I went to college and she started working as a sales clerk at Kmart. She found out she was good at it, the customers liked her and her circle of friends expanded. Eventually, she became department manager and that took her to otherlevels of mangement with another chain. I was happy she had found her niche and was good at what she was doing and happy with it.
She never married or had kids of her own so her nieces and nephews became her children and she loved them to death! Life was good, she was happy, in love and just being the same, old sweet Sue. About 6 months ago, she developed a cough that wouldn't go away but because she was so busy with life, she wouldn't take the time to see a doctor. When blood started coming up that's when she knew she had to. They found she was anemic to the point where she lost the ability to walk. They gave her transfusions but they didn't seem to help and after tests revealed a brain tumor and a cantaloupe sized tumor in her uterus, they realized it was too late. She stayed in the hospital for 6 weeks before she died on Wednesday. I may as well tell it-she was 47.
I was reading her online obit earlier and all the comments people made concerning her. She touched so many lives and some comments came from customers who remembered her from as far back as Kmart. I'll always remember being silly girls and the fun times we had even as adults.
I'm imagining Sue's soul taking flight in the form of a free flying dove. She's free from pain, sickness and misery. Soar high, my old friend! I hope you enjoy the flight and the sights you'll see! Don't look back at this world you've left behind, you're bound for a far better place! consider yourself...SET FREE