Every few years I send out a letter to my nearest and dearest and this year it seems most appropriate. It starts with a story about a friend named Rachelle. We worked together at Denny's and were very close, I even stood up at her wedding. She left Denny's and like happens so many times, we didn't really keep in contact. One year I ran into her at Target in the spring or summer, we were both in a hurry so we chatted a little and said we'd get together soon. Cut to Thanksgiving of that year; I got a message on my cell phone to call her husband, when I called him back he told me that Rachelle had gotten sick out of nowhere and died that morning. She wasn't even 30 years old.
I realized after she was gone that I had never told her how much she meant to me, that I loved her and that knowing her had added to my life. People come into our lives, some stay for just a short time and some become life long friends, but they all serve a purpose. They teach lessons about life or they help you to learn about yourself, they contribute to the person you become. I vowed then to never let another special person leave my life without knowing how much they meant to me.
So, whether I spoke to you today or if we haven't spoken in years, you are one of those people. In some way you have contributed to the person I have become. I do not send this out as a mass facebook post or to everyone on my contact list. If you are reading this it is because when I look back at my life or into my heart I remember you and I smile. Thank you and I very truly love you.