Thursday, August 7, 2008

How do you put into words...

just what someone meant to you? Almost 3 weeks ago I lost a dear friend, a BEST friend, an honorary sister. Ali was travelling with her parents and her 3 children to a family reunion when the accident happened. Our hearts are broken. The tears come and go and some days seem easy to get through and others are full of reminders of what we're missing.



Ali was the type of person that made you feel loved and accepted from the moment you met. I remember sitting at Baker's Square eating pie with the other wives at graduation last year. Somehow it came out that we were both going to Michigan for our husbands residency and that we were in fact buying houses only a few blocks from each other. To top it all off we both had (or were about to have) a girl and two boys all the same ages! Life in Michigan just got a little brighter!






Our days were filled with lengthy phone calls (shocking I know!) or visits on the grassy knoll between our houses...that always ended up with us walking to one of our homes for snacks and potty breaks. On rainy days or those too hot to be outside we were at the "ghetto mall" play place or McDonalds for their free kids ice cream cones and a change of scenery. What ever we did it was usually together, or talking on the phone while getting ready or exchanging kids for those rare nights out with our husbands. It didn't matter if we were all "gussied up" or in sweats and pony tails. We could always count on each other. We would chat about everything, either stressful or exciting. The best part, is that Ali could find something to laugh about in almost every situation. She could lighten the load with a good ol' belly aching laugh.



It still seems like a bad dream that I'm waiting to wake from... I hate when reality sets in.

We all miss her so much!

5 comments:

Mark, Holly and Boys said...

Shauna, I'm so sorry for the hole that will be in your heart now that Ali isn't with you. I hope that as your grieving process progresses that you will be able to think more & more of your happy times together (like those in this post!)and smile...I'm sure that's what Ali would want. Sending you a huuuuge hug. We love you guys.

Becky T said...

Oh, Shauna, this post truly makes my heart hurt. There are things in life (especially something like this) that are just so hard to make sense out of. I truly feel for their families and those of you who were so close to her. I have thought about you all so much since I found out about and hope that time will help heal. It is obvious that she was a beautiful person inside and out. Hugs, my friend!

Rob and Karina said...

I'm so sorry. I got the email about her and feel so bad for her family and friends. I can't imagine what you all are going through. I have been wondering how things are going for her family and friends. I hope things will be okay, so sorry you lost such a close friend.

Jen B. said...

I miss her too! She was such an amazing person. Thanks for sharing.

tonya said...

Shauna, I am crying. I am so glad that you were such good friends with her. She was/is amazing. I love that picture over her. Thank you so much for the wonderful post. She is so missed.