I was saddened to learn of the passing of an old friend and coworker. She was a very special person who will always have a special place in my life. We met at a summer job 25 years ago. I was from a more insular community and preferred to work.
She had a zest for life and a force of personality one could not understand unless you knew her. She was beautiful and vibrant and I was quite the opposite. She took me to clubs and places that would never allow a person like me in. It was one of many times that I was to glimpse a world where I didn't belong. I was an oddity in her world and we both knew it.
She would always spot me no matter how I had changed over the years. I had assumed that she had forgotten me, but she never did. She always greeted me with a warm smile a joke and when she asked about your life she really did care. One time her sense of humor probably cost me a
girlfriend who did not understand her sense of humor. I would bump into her in the oddest places, but she would greet me with a beaming smile and call my name.
I was lucky to have had her as a friend. When I had my first serious relationship and I had to break it up she refused to let me sulk. She insisted on literally going everywhere with me and dragged me from place to place. There was no time to mourn that first lost love. We had dated briefly and there was zero possibility of a long term relationship. However, she dragged me everywhere and introduced me to many of her friends.
She was a memorable person who will always bring a smile to my face.