Writing is something I have always enjoyed. It has helped me cope with the tough and unexpected parts of life that have been mine. When I started college my dream was to become an endocrinologist so I could help people like me. I took an English class during my first year of college. Professor Claire Garcia met with me in her office and encouraged me to become an English major. I did not become an English major, but I still have a paper I wrote in her class. So, please excuse any grammatical errors.
The reason I choose the name Days In April for this blog is because there are very important dates in April that I celebrate and one that I remember.
My best friend who I met after college while living in Portland, Oregon. We actually met on match.com in 1997. He met me at the law office I was working at and we enjoyed a great lunch. He made me laugh, was kind, brilliant, and a gentleman. He was new to Portland. He grew up in Alaska and I worked with severely emotionally disturbed kids in Alaska ( I choose psychology as my major). He watched Nicole Johnson become Miss America. He did the ADA walk with me. I met his parents and thought the world of them. His dad was a gentleman, smart, and so kind. His mom did an excellent job of raising her two sons and then became a lawyer. I looked to her as a role model. In the summer of 1999 I received a call that I never expected or wanted to receive. My best friend had collapsed while riding his bike to a Bible study. I went right away to the hospital. Thankfully, we (his friends from church) were able to see him. I had never seen anyone on life support. I begged him to come back to life as the ADA walk was quick approaching. The next day I returned to the hospital but was not allowed to see him.
My friend’s parents had to make the very difficult decision to have him taken off of life support. I have never stopped missing him. He is the best friend I have ever had and the kind of friend every person deserves. I grieved his death as best I knew how. I celebrate his life on April Fool’s Day as laughter is so important. It helps your brain get important chemicals. So, 4-1-15 is my first day in April.