Jan. 3rd- The Three- Chris Ritchey
I was sure I would be receiving a bill from the hotel that year. Nikki had just come back from her honeymoon- Tony had flown over from London for her wedding gone back and then returned again to spend New Years.
It was a strange New Year’s Eve that year. Nikki had left this house for her new home – she had been here for all her life until the night before her wedding . That Christmas marked the first of the many changes. You and Tony made your way to Kennedy’s and apparently you felt badly your dad and I were by ourselves, so you brought back half the bar with you( complete strangers) so we wouldn’t be alone. I was not sure I fully appreciated that particular gesture 😉
January Third– and on a whim Nikki , Tony and you decided to go skiing for a couple of days. I watched as the three of you drove off laughing and waving, I knew then , even though Nikki was now married , you and she would continue to be close and be best friends. I was happy in the knowledge that you would always have each other and no one would come between you. I didn’t figure on cancer and cruelty ……
I didn’t know what transpired on that trip, there was much giggling and knowing looks passed between the three of you on your return but I was a little worried when Tony said :
if there are any damages just let me know I will cover them…..
I never received any bills but during the course of the months after you died and going through your portfolio I came across a box ( yes another box)
filled with photos that obviously held a special place in your heart – and there you three were – once again with your sister and the closest person you had to a big brother……….
I saw once again the laughter in your eyes when you were “up to something”
that caused you to take a “run ” in the snow that night…
The photos made me laugh and broke my heart at the same time. Oh ! how I wish this January 3rd was as full of laughter and life.
I will think of you running in the snow , laughing and loving your life , your sister, your true friends and “daring” thanks to another little box of mementos of moments I know were very special to you and are precious to me…….