May 3, 2010
About a year ago, Kelly asked me to type up what I said at Treice’s funeral. It wasn’t until today that I could manage to re-read my writing and relive some of the feelings I was having a year ago. The words below are fairly accurate, but anything I adlibbed will obviously be missing. Anyways, here it goes…
After 23 years of a wonderful friendship it’s amazing to me how difficult it’s been to conjure up the words that describe how I felt, feel, about my best friend Treice. Here it goes…
‘“You’re the strangest person I ever met,” she said, and I said,“ You too.” And we decided to know each other a long time.’
Treice gave a painting to me a few years ago with these words; it shows two oddly figured people holding hands. The sentiment is completely true in how we felt when we first connected.
We met as young women at the age of 15.
And since then, we’ve only lived away from each other a total of two years. Even then, we remained in constant contact.
I feel lucky and privileged to have met a kindred spirit at such a young age.
She brought a feeling of security to me. I think the feeling was mutual. I didn’t feel so alone with my wacko thoughts anymore.
We could talk for hours about anything and everything and never felt scared about sharing our deepest thoughts, opinions, experiences, and MANY analyses of life.
We trusted each other like scuba divers: If one of us said we needed to go up for air, the other followed, without question.
When we embarked on a cross-country adventure to make our way on our own, needless to say our families were a little skeptical.
But the truth is, we inspired each other and supported each other and managed to survive our teens and 20’s with our friendship fully intact and deeper than ever.
I think one of the most beautiful aspects of our friendship was our ability to let go and let each of us develop our lives with new friends and boyfriends and eventually our husbands. When Treice and Kelly’s lives began to accelerate, I told her not to hesitate. When my husband, Dave, got sick (we had been separated for just over a year at that point), she told me to follow my heart. That was one of the greatest gifts she gave to me.
Although our lives over the past couple years have been mired in tragedy and sadness, we remained in tune with each other.
For whatever reason, these are some fun times Treice and I had together that come to mind,
Our “epic” 7-day journey down the coast to LA on the Green Tortoise and back on the Blue Goose
Treice honking the horn on my Dad’s boat and scaring the crap out of him
Skipping out on our bill at the Cottage Bistro (totally innocently) by dancing our way out of the restaurant
The Springsteen tour that Dave and Treice MADE me go on with them (well, actually I was totally into it, but not because of Springsteen, I got to hang out with my best buds)
Drinking on the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, philosophizing at the ripe old age of 16 (15 for Treice)
Innocently jumping the queue at the passport office and making it in and out of there in under 45 min when everyone else ahead of us had been there for 5 hours already.
Barbie yelling out dance numbers and Treice making a dance to go along with each one; there must have been at least a dozen Steve Martin-like numbers Treice performed for us that night.
I dunno, I could keep going and maybe I will. If any of you have been around me in the past year (It’s now May 3 2010 as I type out what I said at the funeral nearly a year ago, I’m taking some creative liberty here), you’ll have noticed I talk about her and my husband a lot, at least it feels like a lot to me. Okay, back to the original program…
Gifts from Treice
Her life, her friendship, her insight,
Her gentle cajoling to get me to talk when she knew something was wrong
Kelly and his family
Her humour, her smile
I gave Treice a magnet a few years ago with two old ladies, arm in arm, the same height, similar expressions on their faces, and it says “A friend, as it were, is a second self”
Throughout our friendship, she ALWAYS considered me. She ALWAYS included me. I miss that terribly.
Some of our friends shared their thoughts of what she meant to them:
Wonderful, truly unique
Humourous, always made us laugh
But somehow words aren’t enough to describe the essence of Treice. You had to know her.
I thank God for her.
I’m not a big believer but somehow I feel comforted to think she’s still with us, looking over us. Last summer (summer of 2009, more creative liberty here), I liked to think Treice and Dave were up there wheeling and dealing to get us one of the best summers for weather on record. Thanks guys!
I told a friend that I felt an entire volume of life was closed after losing Treice and my husband Dave in the past year and he said, “ I wouldn’t ever think of that volume of life as ever being closed. It’s the only thing you can actually say you have to open. The time you had with them can never be taken away”
I miss Treice so much and will forever remember her by opening that volume and re-reading and recounting her life and love.