Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve!

It just occurred to me that if I had any goals of things to accomplish, it's most likely too late... This week and next are always a blur. However, after that things slow down greatly and I will have some fabulous resolutions!

Years ago, we had a family friend named Eric (so many years ago, that I was still married to my first husband). Eric was pretty much a member of the family. He would stay with us from the time he got off work Friday night til he went to work Monday. He drove me insane! He hogged the remote, he only wanted to watch football, he kept crazy hours and slept on the couch during the day. He made amazing meals though. He insisted on buying and cooking food while he was there. And he opened our world up to so many types of food. Sushi was one.

Now I can't remember if his birthday was the day before or the day after mine... and it's not important. He was the type of person that drove you nuts when he was around, but you missed deeply when he was absent. The year I turned 30, I made a list of resolutions, and at some point I showed the list to Eric. There were twelve items on my list. He thought I was absolutely crazy to have so many goals! And he wasn't the type of person to let it go, he ragged on me for at least a week, but I stood my ground and had every intention of meeting all of my resolutions.

Eric was killed by a drunk driver the day after Valentine's day. We got the call at 2am, we called another friend, and he came over, and we sat and cried for what seemed like days. This was 2002. To this day, there's space in my heart for our dear friend, Eric. I'd give anything for him to come over and piss me off! And, I will make my list of resolutions, and I will stick to them, knowing that he would be laughing at me the whole way... of course, he'd also be cheering me on.

Merry Christmas to Eric's family... and to all of us that loved him. And Merry Christmas to all those who are now in my life. I love you!


Geoff Schutt said...


Merry Christmas to you, too!

You've become an important part of our lives, even across the distance and different timezones.

Geoff & Eleanor

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Robyn!!!!

Melissa said...

Merry Berry Robyn.

Sorry to hear about your friend Eric. How sad. I'm glad to have glimpsed a piece of who he was to you. I also had a friend die and I too have space for her that will never again be filled. I'm sure you feel the way I do: glad to have known her at all, even if it was only a short time.


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