Goodbye, my friend.
Guest Blogger: Michael Earnheart, Wickford, Rhode Island Showroom Manager
neighborhood' present,” Arlene said to me. She walked up with her
hands clasped lightly around a tissue-paper wrapped present. She
handed it to me and smiled and said “I knew you were admiring it
and you said you love whales and I had an extra one at home, I
That mug sits on my desk at work, I
drink coffee out of it every day. I used to drink coffee with Arlene
every day, and I can't imagine drinking it alone. Arlene has passed away, but I
remember her saying “transition”, so I will use that phrase
The news hit me like a freight train,
Arlene was one of the most welcoming and positive people I've ever
met. She had the wisdom of a sage, with the humbleness of a country
farmer. She loved making people smile and effecting positive change
in people's lives. At her store on Main Street in Wickford, RI, where
we were neighbors, she would hold empowerment classes for women and
go to different venues as a motivational speaker and to tend to
battered women and to those who felt hopeless. She believed in good
energy and making sure she gave it off to everyone she met.
Arlene's Place, Arlene's store was just
as unique and wonderful as she was. From her affirmation artwork, to
her oil paintings and scented candles and her knitting...it was just
everything she loved and she made us love it too. She believed strongly in the healing power of her affirmations and I bought an
affirmation for my girlfriend, Jennifer, who was feeling a little
down and it said: “We may not have it all together, but together we
have it all”. Suffice it to say, Jennifer loved the affirmation. Arlene told me that each affirmation is written for someone, but it takes time to find the right owner.
The last day I saw Arlene, she left
early and said she wasn't feeling well. I wished her well and
gave her a hug. She asked me to water her flowers. I nodded and told
her I would. She turned to me said “Goodnight, Michael. I'll see
you for our morning coffee on Tuesday?” I nodded and smiled.
Goodbye Arlene, you will not be soon
forgotten. I will water the flowers and I will see you for coffee,
every time I lift my mug to my lips.