That happened this week. So as I usually do, I did a Google search seeing if there's info on where she might be living. And I found an obituary. My heart sank! Totally caught off guard. And I'm sorry I didn't know sooner. I'm sorry I didn't have an opportunity when her loved ones were grieving most, to tell them what she meant to me.
|Carolee Long Thomas - 1943-2013|
A friend, a mentor, an angel.
You see, she's one of those people that have such an impact on someone's life that she's unforgettable. She recognized something in me when I worked with her at AT&T, then called me when there were openings at Verizon. I honestly would not be where I am today had she not opened some doors for me. And now she's gone I have no regret about not telling her, because I did. She was my mentor and friend. She called me her angel. I went back and found the last email exchange and cried my eyes out.
So why am I telling you this? Because I realized that I went through a silent time with friends where I didn't reach out, didn't answer emails. I don't know why. I didn't journal at the time. I'm sure it was some sort of depression. But I'm back. Reaching out is important to me. I'm hoping to blog more. I want to honor the friendship I had with Carolee to make sure I don't go into some lapse again. And if that happens to you, reach out to someone. Just one person who will protect you when you need it most, but will understand until you are ready to blossom again. I'm just sorry I missed reaching out to her one last time!
Rest in peace, my friend!