When I was younger, of course going to Toys R US was a treat; like a holiday with the best souvenirs just for me.
Beyond the actual toys, however, was this song from commercials. I mentally adopted it as a personal anthem. A permission to portray a Peter Pan, of sorts. I didn’t want to grow up, and in a sense, I haven’t.
I still look back fondly, often, at the few days we all spent together. The Pow wow, the parade, both monuments, even shopping. None of us wanted to part company at the end that final day when you escorted us
So almost 5 years ago to the day, I got an email out of the blue from an old friend. We became adults together in high school and beyond, but years had found their way between us, and we lost contact. She may be the most important person that I ever knew.
This week, gun violence stole her from not only me, but her 2 children, her unborn child, her sisters, her mother, and many more that she touched with her absolute compassion and love.
She was one of the most important people that I have ever known in my life, who helped make me a better person, as well as what I am today. My life is INFINITELY better having known her.
She is gone now. And the world is a darker place without her.