Amazing Acts of Friendship

First published February 8, 2012 on facingcancer.ca

Today, Katie’s best friend forever, Alex, shaved her head. As it turns out she really has quite a lovely noggin. Regardless, this act of solidarity and support for my wife is non pareil. Additionally, Alex raised around $5,000.00 for UK Cancer Research.

For one of the few times in my life, words escape me.

I couldn’t let the day pass though without some effort to record what her actions mean.  So, I wrote a letter to her children – George and Sofia.  I am sharing it here because it is the most accurate reflection of the deep and abiding respect and love and I have for Alex and indeed for my wife.

Thank you forever Alex.


Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Dear George and Sofia,

Today, your Mommy did something very, very special.  She did something that I will remember for the rest of my life.  Years from now you may sit back and have a fond remembrance of that time Mommy shaved her head.  And, while the act of cutting off her hair is certainly remarkable I hope you’ll recall the true meaning of what your very special Mom did.

What she did was prove herself to be one of the most rare commodities on earth – a genuine, true friend.

You will learn, unfortunately, that people such as her are very rare and that many of us will be able to count on the fingers of one hand those people who stood with us through the peaks and valleys, the trials and triumphs, the bitter and the sweet.

Your Aunty Katie is a very lucky person to have a woman such as your Mom in her corner.  I am incredibly fortunate to have both of these wonderful women as part of my life and I hope beyond hope that many years from now, the four of you will sit down, perhaps with a glass of wine (obviously when you’re much older!) and laugh about the wonderful memories that are created when true friends find their souls bonded as one.

With much love and gratitude,

Uncle Don

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4 thoughts on “Amazing Acts of Friendship

  1. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    Hi–I just love the photo. The touch of love all around–from friends who are family and from children who simply love. Beautiful!

    Reply

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