March 10th – Today Mom and I both awake well rested, even sleeping in a bit. We do a little strategizing but then must freshen up and head out to meet her dear friend Colette for lunch and one bittersweet goodbye.
Backstory: My stepdad Chuck died of pancreatic cancer not long after they built this house we’re packing up. Hospice was called which helped Mom immeasurably in getting him through his final days at home. Fast forward a few years, wanting to pay it forward she began volunteering for Hospice. After working in various capacities she was assigned to work in their office for Colette, who supervises over 100 volunteers. Colette, (a few years younger than me) and Mom just clicked. When Mom had to give her notice due to her imminent move, it was a sad day – for them both – but not goodbye just yet.
Since Colette is very busy, Mom had her choose a date, time and place for lunch. Mom and I arrived first and when she saw Colette, the two of them had a long embrace, both emerging with tearful eyes, which made me tear up as well.
Emotions in check, we placed our order for crepes – Chicken and Almond (Mom and I), Vegetable (Colette).
It was a spirited, fun lunch as we caught up on recent events. Finally it was time for goodbyes, lots of hugs, a few tears; hopeful that their paths may cross again, knowing regardless that they’ll stay in touch.