|eating gluten free pie before Lydia moved back to TB|
It's not so much that I can't believe she's gone, as it is that I can't believe she didn't beat it.
|summer in her yard|
We became friends almost three years ago. We had known each other from work before that but it wasn't until after she finished school and quit Starbucks that we actually hung out. Lydia asked me to meet for coffee one day because she needed someone to talk with, and she sensed that I would understand her questions and struggles about a life with faith. We talked for about 3 hours and have been close friends ever since. She was incredibly fun and loving but she also never put up with crap. It could be jarring at times but I loved her for telling me when I was being an idiot.
|hanging out with Chris at the YVR airport and avoiding saying goodbye|
Lydia handled herself with dignity. Frustrated and hurt when her health was holding her back from what she wanted to do, she often did those things anyways, resilient and so stubborn in the face of daunting obstacles.
|a summer of fun and the view from Lydia's hospital window|
Lydia was quirky, full of random knowledge and interests that spilled out at any time, in any place and without warning. One day we were having coffee and she just started talking to the guys at the table next to us because she couldn't not engage in a conversation about Russian authors.
|how do we look?|
Lydia accepted me with my faults out in the open, letting me know that she actually liked me, for me. Generous and thoughtful, when she moved back to Thunder Bay, she offered me her clothes, almost anything I wanted from her closet. Who does that?!
|I only dress up like this when Lydia comes to Nanaimo to visit|
The first person to make me eat Indian food and the reason I know how hard it is to find diet ginger ale in the stores, Lydia you are one of a kind (the very best kind) and I carry you in my heart.
Until we meet again my friend.
|making popcorn in Nanaimo (oops!)|
|Scott and I getting down to "Pound the Alarm" to tease Lydia|
|fave place at Kits Beach|