Today, I am veering a bit off the specific topic of travel to honor a woman who changed my life for the better. Sadly, this woman lost her life to cancer in December of 2010.
I miss her.
I still think of her every morning when I stand at my espresso machine and froth the milk.
Her name is Theresa. She was the boss' wife. Our first conversation went something like this...
Me: My husband and I are building a house.
Theresa: You're going to get divorced. Building a house together is a terrible idea.
Later the same day...
Theresa: Did you pack your lunch?
Theresa: Why? This is a restaurant. The chef makes your lunch. Come with me.
Little did I know that this sometimes brusque, somewhat cynical woman would become a dear friend.
I couldn't know that her husband and four daughters would become as important to me as family.
How could I have known that I would only live in that newly built house for eight months before getting divorced. Wise woman.
I believe there are people who come through our lives with a purpose. Our paths intersect for a reason. My life is richer for knowing Theresa.
Here's are a few of the reasons why...
1. She taught me that working women in their 40's can be chic and tough and beautiful.
2. She showed me how much love a mother has for her children.
3. She taught me how to make a supreme cappuccino.
4. She lived with grace and dignity.
6. She was thoughtful. Two of my most treasured gifts are from Theresa.
7. I met my husband while working for her.
8. She helped me realize why traveling the world matters.
9. She threw an incredible party.
I was in Spain and France in December of 2010. While away, I sent texts to Theresa through her daughters. I wanted her to know that watching her live her life and hearing her stories had changed me. I returned from that trip and went to see Theresa one last time. I will never forget that final visit with her. It was quiet and powerful.
I am so thankful that her journey and mine overlapped for a while. Blessed to have known her.
This photo was taken for Theresa. A toast to her from Marseille.
Happy Birthday, my friend.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
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