I assumed that I would not be affected by “anniversaries” around my friend and coworker’s death. That is because I was thinking of anniversaries as holidays and events especially shared with family and loved ones. But I was wrong. As I struggled with my emotions as we prepped and hung our latest exhibit Who Speaks to You? Portraits from the Permanent Collection, I definitely missed my best friend and coworker.
I also finished the quilt I was making for my friend’s wife from his shirts. Loss is an odd thing, leaving unexpected potholes in one’s life. My new coworkers are very kind, waiting when I tear up and can’t speak or need to walk away in order to “get myself together.”