Life takes us on a journey from time to time, and sometimes we forget to stop and breathe. We overlook ourselves and what we desire. Taking care of us isn’t bad in this ever-changing world of deviations, time, and age.
In September 2022 I was on holiday at my friend's house in North Carolina. My friend of over fifty years looked after me when we were children and still takes care of me when I visit her.
While there, it privileged me to stay with another friend, a ninety-five-year-old treasure. A woman who had more energy than I did. I feared for my life as we whizzed around her property on a golf cart. It was so much fun.
Her cute quirks, sparkling eyes, and smile that would take your breath away made her so funny and endearing.
I loved that she still painted her toenails. She wore lipstick and styled her clothes when we dined out.
The sadness overtook me when I received the news she had passed away. It was heartbreaking because I was helping her tidy out her wardrobe four months earlier. Now I would send flowers to a funeral I couldn't attend.
As we age, life becomes more compact, and we realize that people become precious and items become less important. I am so happy that I had the chance to stay with my friend. It was as if she knew we wouldn't see each other again.
Rest in peace, Mema