Instead of a eulogy, her best friends were asked to share about Sarah in photos and happy memories…
We were silly girls… always side by side… whispering and giggling. Twenty years of friendship… birthday parties, gymnastics, plays, May Day, proms, graduation… you name it. I don’t remember a time, when Sarah’s big bright smile… wasn’t in my life.
When we were small, we were a little kolohe at times… pros at breaking and entering… into my house! I always forgot my keys! Through the window, it usually involved a ladder, a screwdriver and a game of jan ken po to decide who would brave the 5 foot drop from the window to the floor and unlock the door… even when I lost, Sarah usually volunteered, she always thought of others before herself. That’s something she got from her mom. One day, to save us from the bruises, we tried something different… the laundry shute… she was small, and I was tall… so I pushed her through the hole in the ceiling… and she got stuck!
These were the stories she loved to tell… if I listen closely, I can still hear her laughing. She always reminded me to “keep smiling because laughter is good for the soul.”
Sarah taught me loyalty and faithfulness… in little notes she used to slip me making sure i wasn’t left out of the senior group picture, in her year book messages that always encouraged and lifted my spirits… she was the person who literally held my hand through it all… Sarah was my constant friend… and my sister. As seniors, she wrote this in my yearbook… “I’ll be your friend for a life-time throughout the wind and the rain of every season.”
Memories I’ll always cherish… but, what I’ll remember most about Sarah is the feeling you got when you were with her… like your whole body, was just smiling…
Sarah, I miss you sooooo much… my heart aches.
(Sarah was the first person to call me “Lika” and I find it hard to have anyone else <besides my sisters> refer to me by that name. I always wanted a nickname when I was younger, so Sarah came up with one for me.)