20 October 2008

The Sand Dollar

I have a special necklace.

It has a sand dollar charm, and I get asked about it all the time. Carlee gave me this necklace last Christmas, along with one for Ashley that is supposed to represent the eternal bond between best friends - at least that is my interpretation. I get asked about this necklace all the time, because I have yet to take it off since the day I put it on. It is one of my most cherished possessions and I know I will keep it forever. It means so much to me, because Carlee, along with the rest of my friends, mean so much to me.

Carlee recently lost her Grandpa Bill to a battle with cancer, and watching her strength, faith and love through the whole process has been inspiring, and has helped me to re-evaluate the relationships I have in my own life. I don't think I always recognize how blessed I am to have the friends and family that I do, and hearing how Carlee's family rallied together to support each other during this time of need reminds me how important it is to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. Grandpa Bill's funeral was today, and from what I hear, it was amazing - as was he. It breaks my heart that I couldn't be by Carlee's side today, but I want her to know, that I wear that sand dollar necklace everyday, and think of her and the amazing friend she has been to me. Carlee has been such a great influence in my life, and been with me through everything - a large part of who I am today (the good part) is because of her. I know that Carlee is a friend that I will grow old with, and we will continue to share our life and experiences together, and I couldn't be more grateful.

I'm thinking of you today, sweet C-Rod, and of your family - I appreciate you more than you know!


Ashley Engar said...

love you la la!

Carlee said...

Thanks Laura! Too bad I didn't read it until now..You've been a great support through this rough time..
Love you!