Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Dearest AJ

Last weekend I went to the fairytale wedding of my friend AJ in Florence, Alabama. It was a beautiful celebration of life and family, with my gorgeous friend AJ absolutely glowing with all the happiness in the world.

This evening I’m sitting at my computer, wiping back tears after reading an email from AJ telling me that her father died today – suddenly and unexpectedly. I can’t even begin to express my sorrow for AJ and her family. I want so much to be back in Alabama to surround her with hugs and give her my shoulder to cry on.

However, as I witnessed first-hand last weekend, I know that AJ has one of the most loving and caring families you have ever met. Her new husband and mother and brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews will all be there to hug her and hold her hand, even if I can’t be. I hope she will find strength in them and in all the love the rest of us will be sending her way.

And I am reminded that you should always count your blessings and rejoice in the health that you do have, even if it isn’t perfect. And you should remember to tell the people you love just how much they mean to you.

AJ, I love you and I will be here for you any time you need me. Always.

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