Setting: Hot summer day
Getting ready for a boat ride
Phone call comes
"Max, I'm so sorry."
I knew Suzie had died.
Who are Max and Suzie?
Max - Dad's best friend
Suzie - Max's daughter with a rare disease
Her brain was okay
She understood her condition
She was still happy
Suzie and I
Friends when we were little, grew apart
New York vs. Midwest
Talked twice a week leading up to when she died
After her death
Made plans to go to NY
Took the Beanie Baby I had never given her to put in her casket
At the funeral
We each put a shovelful of dirt
It was difficult, but I'm glad I did it
I thought it would be more of a burden. I was wrong
I learned so much from her
She gave me more than I could ever give her
I will never forget her
Never take anything for granted, especially health and the gift of life.
Find Dad crying on the phone. What could have happened?