I got sad news today. My friend Pat passed away. I don’t think too many 30somethings can call an 80something a friend. But, without question, Pat was my friend.
Five years ago, we met while she needed outpatient physical therapy. She worked as a travel agent & told me great trip ideas. She also told me about her other hobby, flying a glider. I was so impressed that an 80 year old woman traveled so much and flew a plane! She’s like no other woman I’ve ever met.
After she was discharged, we kept in touch. When I was planning vacations, she always gave me helpful advice. Unfortunately, two years ago she had a stroke & I once again was her physical therapist. Treating her in her home for months to help her recover, I learned more about her and her lovely family. During this time, she (and her daughter) planned a trip to Italy for me and my friend, Gina. Gina and I had a great time & we presented her with “The GAIT AWARD” upon our return for Best Travel Agent. (The Gina & Alicia Italy Travel Award- ironically named GAIT because we’re both therapists).
She taught me a lot – gave me pointers on raising good children, on traveling, on packing light (or in my case, at least lighter). And we laughed – a lot. I’m sad to say she never read my book due to the loss of her vision. But she was a big supporter of GBNM. Like all my other friends, I gave her bookmarks to give her friends & family:) Just a couple weeks ago, she told me how she wished me much success with GBNM.
I’m leaving for Galapagos today. A trip I don’t think I’d taking if not for her. I will be very sad the Tuesday when I return that I won’t be able to talk to her about my experience. She’s the only person I know who has ever been there.
So, this has been a long winded blog to tell you that I loved her and that I’ll miss her.