Monday, July 16, 2012
Straight from my heart: goodbye, Arnie.
Today I found out a good friend of mine passed away Sunday.
Arnie, you are a brightness, and the world is lesser for losing you. Those words just don't seem enough, but words are all I have.
In the SCA, you were Arnolde "Slyme" Fredrickson. I have so many memories of you, my friend. Little moments. Life is all those little moments.
Arnie saying, with delight: "Oh, you're a left-handed fencer!"
Twenty-three years of little moments of knowing you. One of the sunniest people I've ever known, one of the kindest, one of the very best.
I wish you were still here. I wish you hadn't got sick, that the world didn't turn and take you from us all. I wish... I wish I had that power so very much right now...
The last thing you said to me, last month, was: "I'm so glad you're back home. It's so good to see you!" And you hugged me.
It was a bright moment -- one of many that day. But oh! how I needed that, how lovely it was of you, how very typical of you, always.
God, I miss you, Arnie. I'm glad I got to see you one last time. I wish that we had got to have more of you. Fare you very well, dear friend. If only this wasn't goodbye!
ETA: If you'd like to know where to send flowers or cards, email me. I have the link... So glad I got to see you on your final birthday, my friend. Wish it had not been your last!