||[Jul. 23rd, 2007|08:18 pm]
I have been dreadfully remiss in expressing my appreciation and love for everyone who came to wish Colin & I farewell weeks ago.
For those who weren't there, Germaine threw us a surprise going away party, and I cried quite a lot. I couldn't believe they were there just for me, no special occasion. I wanted to tell the roomful of people, individually, how much it meant to have nearly everyone I love all in the same place, loving me. I didn't feel worthy of all that love from all those incredible people... I am just me, after all, no great planetary force, just Nora Wilson, wandering around this big rock & doing my thang. I never thought I could feel so loved, and I didn't know what to do with it all. So many people traveled MILES to wish me well and make my life better by leaps and bounds that night. And they brought SO MUCH ALCOHOL!! Good goddamn, you know I take that to heart in a special way. Life has never felt more real and more surreal at the same time.
Thank you, Germaine, my heart's great match.
Thank you, Heather and Andrew, for cooking me a DELICIOUS dinner and getting me out of the house while everyone else was swarming around the hive preparing for the party. I never even suspected!
Thank you, Kerry and Justin, for the magnificent banner a la Arrested Development ("You're KILLIN Us, Nora & Colin"), the thoughtful, hilarious card and incredibly generous gift, and most of all your constant support & advice.
Thank you, Rebecca, for FUCKING REPRESENTING MERE DAAAAYS AFTER YOUR INTENSE SURGERY (the trinity of glory was in attendance, bitches) and Dave for your care.
Thank you, Stormy and Jim (and Chris! and Russ!), for braving the dangerous highways just to shower me with love and compliments for HOURS, and then leaving me with pictures of all the people I love best... I have the one you sent smiling down from a very prominent place in this home, and I'm sure it will occupy the same position in my next home. Stormy, your letter meant the world to me, and don't worry about getting all misty, because you know I did the exact same. ;)
Thank you, Gregory and Christina, for taking that time off to show your solidarity and bless me with your Moodler. I have no choice in family, but I do in friendship, and I have to say that my life is much better with you two in it. Even you, Gregory.
Thank you, Mathew C. Braun, for your continued friendship all this long while, and your characteristic scorpio scheming on behalf of my celebration. I do miss you and painfully regret the fact of our estrangement.
And thank you to so very many others... I cry even as I type this because you all have touched me so deeply with your incredible show of kindness. It was truly amazing to have a houseful of our old crew, Germaine, Heather, Andrew, Justin, Travis, Rachel, John, Rebecca, Eddy, & T, shining just like we used to. And of course, the oldest crew of all, Stormy (now) Piazza & David (always has been) Nayyar from my wild and wacky days as an Augusta scrub.
You mean the world to me, old friends and new, and there is nothing like you in the world. I hope we never forget each other, even when the alzheimer's takes us.
I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!