I remember you today, as I do many days.
Today would have been your forty-ninth birthday.
I would have joked you about being one step closer to fifty than me.
We would have laughed and then talked about something else.
But this conversation will never be.
I remember those bright brown eyes of yesteryear, eagerly awaiting the future…
I remember you jumping, twirling, and cheering our team to victory.
I watched you become the soft spoken woman of kind words who encouraged me in life.
I remember our laughter, oh the silliness of school girls.
I remember our tears, how we cried over lost loves and nearly lost dreams.
I remember how gratefully and graciously you lived.
I remember how gracefully you took your exit.
I will always wear your friendship within my heart.
Though separated by sands of time, you will be forever etched upon my soul.
Wherever you are, know I remember you today…Happy Birthday, Steff.