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Goodbye and safe travel dear friend

Unless you have a close friend or family member expecting a baby, early morning phone calls always mean bad news. Our phone rang early this morning, homme’s Mum. A knot formed in my stomach as I overheard the conversation. Homme’s cousin was in Spain, competing in a triathlon. She was one of 60 cyclists hit by a drunk driver, one of three who died.
Chanelle always smiled. At 34 years of age, she lived life to the full, following her dreams of travel, running, cycling, assisting the less advantaged. Her Facebook pages show albums of photos of her travels. Building stoves and planting trees in Peru, raising money for Oxfam cycling around Vietnam, assisting disadvantaged school children around the globe. Chanelle was friendly, she radiated happiness, she was smart and caring. An industrial chemist who lead research at Alcoa, she spent time working for them in The Netherlands.

In one of my earlier posts, I described the Carter Christmas Reunion we hold each January. I always looked forward to catching up with Chanelle and hearing of the adventures she had undertaken the previous year, and to hear of what was planned in the coming year. She was not married, had no children of her own. Miss e and miss i loved her company. Her friendship with our girls linked two generations. As the eldest grandchild in this family, miss i looked to Chanelle as someone to talk to about her latest read. Last year, Chanelle invited miss i to visit her and go through her childhood books. Miss i came home laden with boxes of Trixie Beldon and Judy Blume novels. These books will be treasured even more now. Miss e and Chanelle loved to banter. They often had tickling wrestles and poked fun at each other.

We are numb today. We are praying for Chanelle’s parents as we come to terms with the sadness of having to say goodbye to one of your children. We pray for her only sibling, a sister, married with her own son. We are distractedly watching tv and treasuring the photos of our friend which are being shown during every newsbreak.

R.I.P Chanelle, you were special to so many people, and touched the lives of so many. You are an inspiration.

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2 Responses

  1. That was very special.

  2. Oh I’m so sorry to read this but thank you for sharing.

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