I knew you for a long time, my friend. We grew up together and became closer as the years flew by. You didn’t judge. You didn’t fight. You never said a disparaging word about anyone – even those who deserved it. You were kind. You made everyone feel right at home and you could make friends anywhere.
Even now, when your name is mentioned it inspires a smile to all who knew you. And those that didn’t, upon hearing stories of you, wish they did.
Whenever I saw you, you were always ready with a smile, a hug, and an invitation for adventure.
I love you, my friend. I always will. You were taken too quickly from us; but the best ones usually are. It is a comfort to know that someday, we will be together again. Until then, I hold you in my memory and am thankful to have lost something so wonderful. For to lose something is to have had it in the beginning.
Audrie is a writer and editor living in Illinois. She is a fan of all things horror and pop culture.