Approaching the first anniversary of Jaime’s passing was really tough. Thankfully, we cried so much in those days leading up to it, that the actual day (Sunday) was a bit anti-climatic. Sunday was lovely. We went to church as a family (and probably 15 friends of the family joined us), walked to Jaime’s bench together, and then everyone had lunch and drinks together at the restaurant across the street (where Jaime was working when she died). It was so nice to just have a low key day spent with friends & family, telling stories and reminiscing about all of the wonderful ways in which she touched people’s lives.
One of those stories had to do with her favorite flower – the gerbera daisy. The local florist told us after Jaime’s passing that Jaime used to stop in to the shop every week, and she would buy just a flower or two in order to give them out to people whose days needed brightening.
Today I “give” this flower to you. Yes, you. You’re having a hard day or a hard week or a hard year, and I’m sorry about that. Be kind to yourself, and have faith that things will get better. <3