Hey, soul sister / Oye, alma gemela

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My soul sister Susan has been gone for a year now (22 September) and I continue to feel that emptiness. I miss our weekly 2-hour video chats, our wake-up and good-night texts, her stories of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her patience, her short fuse, her godliness, and her irreverence. Yesterday I came across the first email she ever sent me. We had our first video chat a week later and it was the beginning of a rare friendship. She met San Geraldo during the next chat and it was love at first sight. She mentions in the email that she had begun reading my blog from the beginning. She read them all and remembered them better than I did. Our friendship arrived late and ended too soon. Today’s images have nothing to do with anything except I know Susan would have enjoyed them all and told me so.

Mi alma gemela Susan se fue hace un año (22 de septiembre) y sigo sintiendo ese vacío. Extraño nuestras videoconferencias semanales de dos horas, nuestros mensajes de texto al despertar y de buenas noches, sus historias de sus nietos y bisnietos, su paciencia, su corta mecha, su piedad y su irreverencia. Ayer me encontré con el primer correo electrónico que me envió. Tuvimos nuestro primer chat de video una semana después y fue el comienzo de una amistad poco común. En la siguiente charla conoció a San Geraldo y fue amor a primera vista. Ella menciona en el correo electrónico que había comenzado a leer mi blog desde el principio. Ella los leyó todos y los recordó mejor que yo. Las imágenes de hoy no tienen nada que ver con nada, excepto que sé que ella las habría disfrutado todas y me lo dijo.

• The second desert rose has one bud remaining. Seven months of flowers.
• A la segunda rosa del desierto le queda un capullo. Siete meses de flores.

• One from Susan.

• Uno de Susan.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

27 thoughts on “Hey, soul sister / Oye, alma gemela”

    1. dinahmow:
      Susan was one of a kind for me. We had a very short run, but it was so special.

    1. J Chabot:
      I will be forever grateful that Susan found me and reached out. What a surprise.

    1. Debra:
      That P.S. sold me. And it was the truth. She was hilarious and had quite the mouth. She was on her church’s board and let rip during a Zoom call when something fell off her desk. Oops.

    1. Jim:
      No matter what moods we were in when, by the time we finished a video chat, we were both happy.

  1. You had me with Moose’s picture….set my mood for the whole day now. Did Moose tell you to post that picture for me? That look is cracking me up too.

    And that letter is a treasure. How nice to share it. Funny how we never know where the blogging may takes us and where it leads. New Friends and relationships.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      And I was always a bit resistant… even when Susan quickly suggested a video call. But that first experience sold me. We became friends for life. Too bad life wasn’t very long-lived.

      1. I do! I’m of “that age” having seen them and also having long term memory but less short term.

  2. Now that’s a real loss. I love a fellow Lutheran woman with a filthy mouth. My condolences.


    1. janiejunebug:
      She was the church administrator and on the board. Hilarious. Smart, generous, kind, enlightened, outspoken… and she swore like a truck driver. My kind of person.

    1. Steve:
      This friendship amazed me. Our weekly talks kept us both almost sane. It’s been awful without her.

  3. How poignant – and you kept that email! It/she must have been very special. Jx

    PS Could there more of a contrast between the ugliness of those fashion disasters and the beauty of the rock rose?!

    1. Kirk:
      I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging… and a couple that weren’t what they were cracked up to be. The majority have been a gift.

  4. What a beautiful story of friendship!  I’ve had a couple of internet acquaintances develop into a bit more, including connecting in person, but nothing quite on that level.  Thanks for sharing her first email.    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and have thought a number of times that we could have been friends in real life.  It might come as a surprise to you, but I believe we think the same way about a lot of things.  

    I’m sorry for the loss of your friend.

    1. Kelly:
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. The friendship with Susan surprised me and I’m so grateful to have had it. It felt like we had been friends forever.

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