I can count on one hand the number of people who I consider to be my closest friends. One way or another each of these comrades have been with me through some of my most significant and defining moments of my life. I have probably laughed more and cried more with my posse than anyone. They’re the people on my “who-to-call-in-case-of-whatever” list. There’s one among my band of merry men that I call “my person”. The one with whom I have an understanding, complete honesty, fierce loyalty, support and unconditional love for. I have her back and she has mine. Molly is my bosom buddy. She’s my person.
We met at Ricks College when we were performers in “Showtime Company”. I couldn’t even tell you the exact moment we became friends. All I can remember is that we just were. You know when you meet someone and you know they will be a part of your life for rest of your life? Could it have been a reuniting of old souls? I’d like to think so. We’ve been through hours of hard work and spiritual experiences together, boys, heartbreak, engagements, weddings, pregnancies, miscarriages, births, depression, death and all the gooey moments in between. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have her as my friend but I don’t question it. I just feel so humbled and grateful that the Lord blessed me with such a woman to share these life experiences with.
It’s hard for me to live so far away from her, especially when Lucy passed. I was in my car three years ago when I had the distinct and clear thought; “You need to call Molly, now.” I’ll never forget the sound of her voice when she answered. All she said was, “Eden?” and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. When she told me about the accident I had to pull over because I was crying so hard. I have never felt more helpless in my life. I know she had many of you who were there and showered her with love and care. I know you don’t know me but thank you for protecting and taking such good care of my dear friend who I love so much.
I am SO proud of her. She has been to a place that most of us will never have to go and has come back like a beautiful Phoenix, raising from the ashes of her refiner’s fire. I know she may not always see it, but there is a greatness in her that has come from her stay in desolation. Sometimes I wonder how she can have patience with my lack of real understanding of where she’s been. It makes me happy for her when I see her feeling a little more carefree and more like the person she wants to be and enjoying completely the things that bring her happiness and healing. I don’t know anyone who is more compassionate, generous, crazy funny, talented, honest, gracious, vulnerable, open and sincere. I wish all of you could know her.
Molly, you continue to inspire me. I count our friendship as one of my most precious blessings. You’re a real gem, doncha know. I have great adventures planned for us like spending the next 14 years laughing our buns off as we’re eating the most amazing food in exotic places while listening to great music. “I LOVE YOU CORKY!!!!”