Yesterday my good friend Myra invited us over for Thanksgiving. There were about 23 people, all of them related to her, and us. We felt welcomed and enjoyed ourselves, feasting on turkey, potatoes, sweet and regular, pastichio, cranberry and a myriad desserts. So much food! We watched football and learned all about Myra's relatives - some very colorful ones.
I've known Myra since 1972, when we joined a Greek theater company and performed plays in the Chicago area. Unbelievable! So many years! That's when we met Sonia too. The three of us remained friends to this day. Very close friends. We miss Sonia so much!
We spent holidays and birthdays and weddings together. We went on trips to Greece and Michigan and Argentina. We laughed and cried and told stories and secrets. Sonia's absence is still hard to believe, let alone accept. Next month our group will go out for a holiday dinner just like we've been doing for years. In the past Sonia would organize all sorts of outings and dinners. Now we have to take up the task. It will not be the same. Ever. But we'll try to have fun and enjoy ourselves, remembering our dearest friend who always brought us together - whether we wanted it or not.
And so, I am thankful for having had Sonia in my life. She made all the difference. "She was always there."