Sep 162010
 
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You don’t have to read this post but I needed to write it to help me cope.
  I sit here numb and disbelieving of news from yesterday.  Thoughts are flooding my mind of 30+ years of events and fun times of a friendship that ended unexpectedly Wednesday morning.  The shock of the news is leaving me unfocused and I find myself remembering yet another memory but can’t grasp the idea that he is gone. I am having a hard time functioning.  This can’t be happening. 
  First, to understand a little bit of Italian traditions.  Long time good friends are more like family.  When the kids come along, these friends, out of respect, are called Auntie and Uncle even though it isn’t by blood.  They consider the friends’ kids, cousins and refer and introduce them as that.
  Yesterday my boys lost their Uncle, who they were very close to and we lost a life long friend.  A friend who was in our wedding party and my hubby was his best man at his wedding.  A friend who has been through our good and bad times as we were there through his.  A friend who I have so many memories that my thoughts these past 24 hours are of all of him, of the fun times.  I was in the same Kindergarten class with him.  While in high school, I introduced my then boyfriend, who became my hubby, to this friend and they became bffs.
  How can this be?  He was only 54 years old.  Just a few years ago he was so sick, in need of a liver transplant that we thought he would not make it.  But God came through, finding a match for him.  I remember that phone call..it was Thanksgiving and he called to tell us he got “the call” and was being prepped to go into surgery.  He fought because he had to walk his daughters down the aisle when they married.  The surgery was a success.  We all thought that day would come.  But now it won’t.  He kissed his daughter before she left for school, went back to lay down and died. 
  Live each second to it’s fullest because it can end in the next second.

Rest In Peace Friend

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  19 Responses to “R.I.P. Steve aka Pet”

  1. We'll be praying for you and your family.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Cheryl.

  3. Please accept my sympathy, Cheryl. Your friend had such a delightful smile. I know you will miss him.

  4. So sorry, Cheryl. All my best thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  5. Cheryl, i'm so sorry to hear about Steve. Please accept my condolences. If you need to talk, my email is always open.

  6. Cheryl,
    sorry for your loss of a dear friend so suddenly.

    carol

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Hugs to you…

  9. You brought tears to my eyes–hang in there gf. If I were closer I would come by and give you a big hug!

  10. You are in my thoughts today. May the love and memories you have for Steve sustain you through this most difficult time.

  11. Very sorry to hear this. I hope your many joyful memories help you in your sadness.

  12. Our family has Aunts and Uncles just like this – and I know you must be very sad. I will have your family and his in my prayers.

  13. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know I will keep you, your family and Steve's family in my prayers.

  14. I'm sending you a virtual hug…

  15. I am so sorry for your loss.It's amazing how things just happen when you least expect it, especially after the great news of the transplant just a few years ago. I am so so sorry!

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take Care!

  17. Very sorry for the loss of your friend. Thoughts and prayers to you and family.
    Sending love to all.

  18. My heart breaks for you, love. May God keep you and your family close during this tough time.

  19. I've been out of the blogging loop most of the week and just now reading this post.

    I'm so sorry you and your family have lost someone so special to you. I'll be praying for you, your family and his family and friends.

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