I had a post all planned for today, but sometimes things just don't come out the way we plan. Instead, I am shocked, saddened and still in disbelief over the news that a friend of mine passed away unexpectedly last night. We heard the ambulances, my kids saw the police cars, fire engines and ambulances, and I had no idea they were going to claim my friend.
After all that I have been through in the last year, I am not afraid of death, for me or anyone. But, I am still shocked that I am still here and my friend, Heidi Rogerson, is not. I met Heidi when I was "assigned" to visit her for church about 3 1/2 years ago. She hasn't come to church in years and was not in favor of a church visitor coming by every month. So, I stopped coming by because I was assigned, and decided just to get to know her and become a friend.
Just 2 weeks ago, I showed up on her doorstep, for what would be our last visit, and we embraced in a hug that told me that we truly had become dear friends. We had a connection that grew over time and became cemented by the trials of life. I will be forever grateful for that last special embrace, that last visit, the last words of love and friendship.
I love you, Heidi. Go find my Grandma B and give her a hug for me, please. I know she will love you like a daughter.