Wednesday, January 28, 2009

When life hands you lemons


Yellow is Holly's kitchen and post it notes. Why did Mrs. Engar put those lemon drops in that enticing glass jar on her desk? But back to Holly, lately my mind always goes back to Holly. Took this picture in Costa Rica and she said "let me see." Followed by,"Oooh I'll take a copy and put it in my kitchen." What can I/should I/could I do to help her? What would she do? I know, she would write me the nicest note that only she could write and leave it for me while I was sleeping and I would wake, read and smile. She has a gift for kind and thoughtful words. Then she would make me orange carrot cookies and brighten my day. She has a gift for anything baked. It's funny how on these colored days your eyes gravitate toward the color. I opened my fridge and saw a lemon that sits where an egg was designed to fit but I didn't see before. 'Who uses that egg holder?,' I think, and my mind goes back to Holly as it always does. She would open my fridge and say, "Mmmm, you always have such good food in here." To which I would reply "Are you kidding? There's nothing good in there." Holly does this with everything though. With hard days of nursing school, with bitter days in London town, with rain on our wedding days. "It'll work out, " I can hear her saying as though she is squeezing that lemon and holding on to the good that I didn't see before.

9 comments:

KiMnRoB said...

I linked to your friend's blog and that just breaks my heart. You are a great friend writing such beautiful things about your Holly. I will keep her in my prayers!

caitlin said...

That's the perfect title for this post. I think Holly is lucky to have such a good friend like you. You are such a care-er. (so not a word) I think you are helping Holly out just by writing such sweet things about her.

Logan and Emily said...

That was really sweet. It made me cry. You both are wonderful. Tell her I'm thinking of her please!

Capital C said...

Oh Lans, I just love this post, and you, and Holly (and my mind keeps going back to her too). Hug her for me. And I am loving these color posts.

Anna said...

Holly is amazing for many reasons, and your post captured a few of the significant ones. Beautifully worded... a wonderful tribute to a wonderful girl. Love to you both.

Danielle said...

I am reading this at work right now and almost started crying. You two are such wonderful friends!!

Lorilee said...

I told Holly she is banned from blogging (or at least looking at others blogs)-- too many babies, moms, and pregnant women. But after reading this, I immediately called her to let her know the coast was clear on P.S.
you are so sweet Alana, and Holly is so lucky to have a friend as you... always so thoughtful, kind, and one who really loves my lil' sis.
thank you for this reminder of how amazing holly really is.

Beth said...

You are so creative and talented! I love reading your blog... thank you!!

Holly said...

alana i can't thank you enough for that wonderful post. i couldn't ask for a better friend, and I don't know what I'd do without you. my mom and i are bawling as we read this, knowing that you understand me so well and are always there for me. love you.