Sunday, December 18, 2005

December 18

As I've mentioned before in my writing, December 18 is the day that Laurie and I always celebrated our 'Friendship Anniversary'.

Why?

Because December 18, 1999 is the day we instantly became good friends (I wrote a little bit about it here).

From 2000-2004, we always made sure to celebrate the day and what we meant to each other.

We even celebrated via telefono in 2002, when she was in Mexico during the 18th...it was that important.

And now that day has come. I'm here to celebrate it, but she's not. Nor will she be next year. Or the year after that.

I'm only an hour and thirty-seven minutes into December 18, and I can already tell you it's going to suck.

I don't have friendship anniversaries with anyone else. There was only one Laurie Boncimino-Drew Brown friendship...and there will never be another one.

All I have now are memories.

Memories of laughing to the point of tears, hugs that no one can replicate, conversations that grew us, midnight runs to Wendy's, leading activities at the nursing home, playing Mario Party for hours on end, and the list goes on...

No new memories to create, just old ones for reminiscing.

What would we do today if she was still here? I don't know, but it sucks that I have to ask that question.

It's been about 9 1/2 months since I talked to her last. 9 1/2 months since our last hug. 9 1/2 months seems so long ago.

I'm still going to honor my friendship with Laurie Boncimino today, and I think she'd want it that way.

I just hate doing it without her.

4 Comments:

Blogger Barb K said...

Yeah, I know...

December 18, 2005 7:16 AM  
Blogger Anna P said...

Well said.
Sucky sucky sucky.
No one can ever replace her, and no one can ever take that away from you.

December 18, 2005 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did you do to celebrate it?

December 18, 2005 11:08 PM  
Blogger Jackie R. said...

Drew - I'm glad for the memories you have... wonderful ones... and sad for the ones you won't have. :( Just know I prayed for you yesterday.

December 19, 2005 3:09 PM  

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