Last evening was an emotional night, with many of Whitney’s friends gathering to remember our beloved friend. It is coming up on a year since her death, and her sister thought it would be fitting to honor her at the shop that she spent so much time enjoying. We were honored too that she asked. It has been quite interesting learning to navigate life this past year for both of us when one of your closest friends is no longer part of your day to day. Being surrounded by so many people who loved & adored her felt so healing. You could feel her amazing spirit with us in some way. Her sister presented both of us books that have tremendous meaning to us. I was given A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Mister Sive, The Wind in the Willows, which he read to Whitney the night before she died, him sitting next to her in her hospital bed. She found them for us at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, which gives them even more meaning. It was a night of cherishing friendship. A reminder to hold those you hold dear even closer and tighter as the years pass. To show them how much they mean to you. To let them know how much you love them.
The above is one of my favorite photos of our beloved Whitney. Taken by her husband Joe at Mister Sive’s 40th birthday. I love the connection of this photo with the connection of the 4 of us. The quote, taken from the song, Land of Hope and Dreams, by Bruce Springsteen, seemed fitting for this image. Whit adored Springsteen.
A lovely, restful Sunday to you all.
Our friend Whitney’s memorial is this evening. Hard to believe it has already been a week since she left us. The fog and sadness lifts a bit each day, knowing she suffers no more and finding solace in her extraordinary spirit. Our final gift to her is TPS is delivering the eulogy, her request of him, and I am doing the flowers. Hundreds upon hundreds of red tulips. Her favorite. I know she is smiling. I thought a little photo montage of some of my favorite flowers this past year would also be a fitting remembrance for the day in her honor.