Today is Wednesday. Today as I unpacked more boxes, I stumbled across a pink hat box and opened it. Inside was a red wool hat that a very dear friend of mine used to wear. There are some people who walk into your life and leave a mark on you forever. They are the ones who might have wings hidden under their clothing if you look hard enough.😉
The Red Hat
You were sitting two rows up from the last that day
A smile from your red lips revealed a string of pearls
Your eyes gleamed like onyx, a small flame within
The red hat contrasted vividly against your rich brown skin
Did I know then we’d be close friends; we’d be sisters?
You, a pastor’s wife to a harsh and scrooge like man
Although your face never betrayed the pain you had to endure
I learned about giving from you even when there wasn’t much
People adored your frank honesty as did I
You wore a red hat to celebrate nothing but life
I remember our long walks and the long talks
It was as if you opened a window to my heart and peered in
We laughed, we cried, we fussed, we prayed about everything
Crazy you in that satin purple dress with a red hat
Oh how I will always remember you like that
One day I had to move away; it hurt so to leave you
But your cards with teabags inserted came often
We chatted on the phone but it wasn’t like walking with you
Then one day I received a pink box; inside was your red hat
You were leaving too, but we couldn’t call each other this time
Someone said the line of people stretched several blocks
The little church could not hold so many for one lady’s funeral
I could not come to say my farewell to you that day
So, I wore your red hat and cried remembering “us.”
A better person am I because of you my friend, my sister.
My friend, Robbie, passed away from cancer 11 years ago. She loved my son and her life was all about giving.
If you should be so blessed to have such a person in your life and I must admit I have a few, you will be forever changed.
Rest in peace my dear friend. I am thankful you did not have to see what evil people have done to our Matthew.