Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to a dear friend of mine. She was a resident on the unit where I have worked for nearly 4 years now, and she had been there since I started. She and I just "clicked," not instantaneously, but over a period of months, as we got to know each other, and as I found my comfort zone and hit my stride in a new job.
I can't quite explain our relationship, except to say that for a woman who didn't know anyone's name at the nursing home, she called me (and only me) Geraldine for 3 years. Never any other name, only Geraldine. Now that's a bond.
As I have adjusted to our unit without her, I realize how much she taught me about love, patience, and being yourself; and how much I am going to miss her.
I love you Eloise, and I miss you, but I'm glad you've gone home to God and to be with your Mother whom you loved so dearly. Godspeed.