This photo that I keep on my sidebar was taken the last day I spent an afternoon with my friend, Christine.
The wonderful hospice that cared for her for the last three months of her life was only streets away from a home I grew up in. I went for a walk up the familiar road. I remember being consumed with grief knowing her fight was coming to an end. I met this precious little cat on that afternoon and she made me feel very welcomed. She was a pastel calico; grey, peach and white.
It was 3 years ago today, Feb. 8 that my friend, Christine passed away at the age of 52 from ovarian cancer. She is missed every day by her friends and her family and her 4 cats, Oliver, Jimmy, Pauly & Zoe.
2 year old Pauly with the little heart nose.
Dinner at the Lanark Animal Shelter Fur-ball 2007
We met through volunteering and spent much of our time volunteering for our local animal shelter. We had both been board members at some point and were very committed to this cause. We soon became good friends for 15 years.
There are times now that I think of her and all I can do is smile. She had the best smile.
Today, though, I shed tears for her.
I have a note written by her during her struggle and today I read it again.
"I hope you know I appreciate you - I do. I have loved being your friend.
I want you to enjoy peace, sweetness and light, always."
She was a wonderful friend and I was blessed to have known her.