Thank you so much for this Valerie...thank you so so much!!!
This is from *Stranger than fiction* (which I love) and it is so true!
"Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies.
And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort.
Not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction.
And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause.
They are here to save our lives.
I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true."
While Nate's heart was still beating I got to hold his hand and say goodbye. I thank God for it. And thank you Clixie for thinking of taking this photo so I can always rememeber that in a small way I got to send my friend off with one last hug...even if it was just with my hand.