I don’t know what to do to help her.
My best friend Christine just lost her mother. Berenice was a good woman, a funny woman who we had many laughs with over the years. From her making fun of us as we laughed at things she didn’t understand, to her allowing us to dress her up as a gangster, she was the best. She is smiling down on us from heaven. About this, I have no doubt.
One of the things the three of us enjoyed was thrift store shopping. So, today – while getting ready for the services to take place on Monday – we went out and did just that. Thrifting at one of our favorite places – what did we see but a cardinal on a candle decanter (cardinals are symbols of our dearly departed loved ones). I bought it – I had to. And I kid you not, all day – every store we went into, we saw signs. Things with cardinals, things with the initials B . I have no doubt in my mind that she was watching over us. Saying her usual “well, what do you say, girls?”
I hope and pray the silliness and the remembrances we went through today comforted Christine. I think they did. We did a lot of laughing, and a lot of smiling. Just as B would have wanted. She wanted us to be happy. When my own Mom passed away in 2008, Christine and Keith stayed by my side from before the church to the luncheon and beyond. She was by my side before then, since then and she always will be. I am the luckiest best friend alive.
Thank you, Grammy. For everything. Fly, Eagles, Fly!