Last night we got the call we’ve been dreading. Our college friend who has been battling brain cancer for the last two plus years has passed away. It’s been a really hard year for us as I lost two old co-workers, and by old, I mean I worked with them when I was still working many years ago. One was in her forties and the other just turned fifty and has a six year old daughter and eleven year old son. One had brain cancer and just had her first granddaughter last year.
Our friend we lost last night has been in our lives since the late 1970’s and was one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. He was fun and funny and we’ll miss him greatly. He has four grown children and just had his second grand baby.
I realize getting older you start to lose friends, but it just seemed like 2016 was a year for “thinking of you” cards. I sent so many cards in the hopes that they would know that although they were out of our sight, they were not forgotten. We visited them as often as we could and hoped against hope that one of our friends would find a miracle along the way.
We had lunch with another couple that also went to college with us and we reminisced about our time with our friend and how much he will be missed. Life is too short and seemingly unfair at times. I’m hoping that we will get a reprieve in the need to send cards when there’s very little hope and instead, send cards to let others know how much we love them filled with hope and happiness. I’m praying that 2017 will be that kind of year for all of us.