For some reason the holidays were especially difficult this year. I found myself missing those who are no longer here with me. Two people immediately come to mind and heart - my beloved Grandma Funai and my best friend, Cathy. It is extremely difficult to grasp the fact that they have been absent from my life for 31 years and 2 years, respectively.
Once in a lifetime if you are lucky...and I mean really lucky...you get to experience a friendship that is pure and accepting of who you are. Cathy wasn't of the "fair weather" variety. She never betrayed or judged me. She never spoke unkind words about me or mocked my weaknesses with others. I thank God he allowed our paths to cross.
Remembering those who have gone before us doesn't have to be dull and melancholy. I wanted to pay tribute to Cathy but not in drab colors. I wanted the papers to be bright and cheerful. Cathy would have wanted it that way. I used the Daily Stories collection by Teresa Collins. I love how Teresa's various collections work so well with each other. I find I gravitate to her collections when I want to make a bright statement.
In this layout I used butterflies to symbolize her departure from pain and suffering. When I think of my dear friend, I see her spirit as being one that's free and soaring above and watching over those she cared for and those who loved her so very much.
I miss you so much my dear sweet Cathy.
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