Wednesday, April 15, 2009

my friend Juli

I am organizing my photos and I came across the pictures of Juli and I while in England looking after Jean, my mother-in-law, who had been diagnosed with cancer. My friend Juli offered to fly over and keep me company. Now that's a friend.

Us on the tube after a day shopping in London.

We have known each other for about 20 years. Needless to say, we have been through a lot together. And a flood of love for this woman washed over me tonight.

This is a picture of her doing yard work at Jean's house! She came over to give her friend support and she cleaned house, gave Jean pedicures, weeded the garden, cooked, helped with visitors all while keeping me grounded and sane.

Emma loved to bring Grandma a cup of tea. We had to follow behind her carrying a second cup of tea. But Grandma made a proper fuss over Emma delivering her tea.

What a cherished memory our family has of being able to nurse Fraser's mother in her own home, during her last days. And as I revisit those photos I feel incredibly blessed to have Juli still in my life. She is one of the most amazing women I have been lucky to know and trust me, I know some amazing women. I'm not sure I have ever let her know how much her friendship means to me.
Love you Jules. I wish it was your birthday or some other reason I could be posting this tribute to you,. But maybe I'll rename April 15th "Aunt Juli Day"


Susy said...

What a sweet post!

Brit said...

One of the few Honorary Aunts, Julies the best! Remember what a work horse she was at my wedding?!