This last week was 8 years since my dear friend Tami passed away. We met in 9th grade when we were cheerleaders at rival schools and became instant friends. After our sophomore year in high school, we both tried out and made the drill team. We had a ball. She had one of those crazy fun personalities that drew people to her. You couldn't help but love her. We spent great times together like spring breaks in St. George, drill team and concert choir trips to L.A. and Florida, dated best friends for awhile, became the team choreographers during our Senior year. I could post about a billion pics, but am too tired to pull them all out tonight.
A couple months after we graduated Skyline, she was involved in a rollover that left her a quadriplegic. It was devastating to all of us. But through it all, she was as positive as it came. I worked for her for 2 summers when I was in college, basically assisting her in all things and getting her to therapy. In those 2 summers, she only broke down crying about her situation twice. I would have been a basket case.
I watched her make a lot of hard choices in her life, both before and after the accident. She did end up getting married and had a little girl. In 2002, she died in a heartbreaking way that I don't like to talk about. But I remember her often. I ended up moving into her neighborhood 3 years before she died, and I do not believe that was by chance. I had a lot to learn from her.
(me and her in Florida in 1992)
I have been a wee bit stressed in my life since Macy came. I am so glad for my beautiful daughter, but 4 kids has done me in. Add a business to run, a husband in the bishopric, and a child with an ASD, I feel depressed and sick on a daily basis. (sorry...I'm unloading a bit tonight...really, I'm fine). Tami has been on my mind a lot this week, and I'm so glad I had her example in my life. She was so positive with her life. She had more to deal with physically, spiritually, and domestically than I can even imagine. I saw her in situations that were unreal, but she dealt with the world and her trials in an inspiring way that I need to emulate.
So, eight years later, I'm still missing her, but definitely trying to be more like her. Friends like her were few and far between!