Lord Tennyson once said, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" and I couldn't agree more with him. I am so happy to have had almost 8 years of fantastic love and friendship with Kelly and my life will forever be better for having loved her.
Two weeks ago, on July 5th, 2013, my best friend, Kelly Hurlbert, was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding her bike home from work. She was 29 years old and had her whole live ahead of her. I would give most anything to have one more hug, one more kiss, one more margarita! Her death has been a real slap-in-the-face and honestly, her strength is what is helping pull me through.
I was honored to be asked by her amazing husband, Pauly, to write her obituary. He said that she had always liked my writing and he thought she would want me to write it. What a humbling experience. Through Kelly's death, I found strength in myself that I didn't know I possessed. I am thankful to my husband for not only giving me confidence and ideas for the obituary but for allowing me to use his shirt as my personal Kleenex.
I feel her with me. She calms my anger and cheers' my triumphs. She is my rock and although her time on this planet was far too short, she will forever live within me. #RememberToLove