I Miss You 

I want to write about someone who inspired me. My dear friend Vanessa. She died one year ago today. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. It’s easy for me to pretend she’s still with us. We lived in different states for 17 out of our 19 year friendship. We didn’t talk everyday or see each other often enough. But her presence was always felt. I could go on and on about how fabulous she was. I could tell you about how she trained me for the job that I still have 20 years later. I could tell you how she talked me into juicing. I could tell you how she rocked a poker room with confidence. I could tell you about what nurturing mother and loving wife she was. I could yell about cancer, or cry about her motherless children and insist 45 is too young. But I won’t. Today, like everyday I will be thankful for the time I had with such an amazing person. I vow to continue spreading the word on domestic violence, wellness and all the other things she taught me to help people with. I will continue to talk to her when I am alone in my car. I will continue to focus on the positive, like she encouraged all of us to do. I will remember how much she changed my life. 


9 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m sorry for your loss, but I have to say this is a fitting tribute in her memory.

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    1. plankful says:

      That means a lot! Thank you!

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  2. LAMorgan says:

    I remember you sharing her story on our day in Portland last year shortly after her passing. I loved hearing about how she was such an inspiration to you. May she watch over you and still guide you to continued greatness!

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    1. plankful says:

      Thanks LA! I miss her terribly.


  3. kalison0515 says:

    I completely understand having lost two friends last year to cancer. Remembering the difference your friend made to your life is the best tribute.

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    1. plankful says:

      So true. When we sit down and start listing the contributions it’s unbelievable. She was super cool!


  4. A beautiful tribute to your friend. Thanks for sharing her memory.

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