It is so hard for me to even try to put into words what Karen meant not only to me, but everyone she knew and loved. Even as I write this, it all doesn't even seem real.
I met Karen in 1996. She worked with my Mother at Holyoke Hospital. As my Mom got to know her, she became convinced that Karen and I would hit it off and have so much fun together. Well, she was right, as Mothers often are. From the moment I met her, my life changed instantly. There was nothing we did that didn't turn into a complete adventure. I saw and did things that I'd never even thought of doing. I soon realized that Karen and I saw things so similarly, we always joked that we were 2 halves of the same person.
Some of my favorite times with Karen were:
Our trip to Pottstown, PA for her niece's baptism. Seeing Amsih country for the first time and her laughing as I was the "Amish Paparazzi".
The night the mouse got stuck in the radiator.
The ride home to your house in the rain when the windshiled wipers didn't work...we completely laughed through the fear!
The trip with Amy to Boston to see the Titanic exhibit and how we could seem to find our way out of the city.
Going to see Rent...I always think of her when I hear Seasons of Love.
Your first trip to visit me after I moved to Orlando and how we did everything in a week.
Those are just a few of the memories I've relived in the last few days, but I could go on and on. it didn't matter if we were exploring uncharted territories or just sharing a bottle of wine in the backyard, you always made me laugh and see the true treasures in life.
Karen is very responsible for the person I am today. I'm doing better with taking the words "I can't" out of my vocabulary. Change doesn't scare me anymore. Most importantly, I look at every day as a new opportunity.
Karen also brought her family into my life. I so enjoyed time spent with her parents as well as Susan, Scott, Mitchell, Brendan and Meghan. My heart breaks for them, as well as Bryan, right now as I know that there will be a void in all of their lives.
Time marches on, life gets crazy, moments turn into days, weeks and months...my only regret is the times I should have called and didn't, the missed opportunities, the times I wasn't as good of a friend as I should have been. Karen, to put it simply, I love you. There's a space in my heart that will always be yours. There's going to be a little less laughter in the world, but a lot of better people because they knew you. I'll talk to you everyday and bring you with me on every adventure I have.
We never said good bye and I won't start now. I'll see you again, my forever friend. Close