Thursday, March 21, 2013

Passages

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” 
- William Shakespeare

Jean Postlethwaite
 Yesterday I lost a good friend.

I spent the afternoon going through boxes of old photos taken while I was a reporter, looking for pictures of Jean. In the nine years I did that job (first with my own paper, then with the Interlake Spectator) I wrote about her a number of times, features that told the story of a determined entrepreneur with a kind spirit and generous heart. Over the years our friendship grew and she became a quiet mentor, someone I looked to for perspective and encouragement. 

Jean believed in me.

And I expect those same words rest in the hearts of everyone who knew her well.
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2 comments:

  1. She believed in you every second of the way. Gramma loved you so dearly.. Thank you for being so special to her xoxo

    Lara

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    1. Thank you Lara.
      I was pretty nervous releasing "Where Children Run." The morning after the launch in Ashern I went to the restaurant and asked for Jean. Nobody knew exactly where she was but thought she might be in the office. I went in and she was sitting kinda hidden with her back to the door. She was reading the book. Her hair was all messed up - she turned around and said that she'd been reading all night - "couldn't put it down." I'll never forget that wonderful feeling of relief.

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