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Smile for me....

Smiling when I think of you isn't hard at all, you have brought such sunshine into my life!
There isn't too much I can say to you, Dennis, that I haven't been fortunate enough to say to your face.
I have been truly blessed that we have had the opportunity to have so many wonderful (if not fairly wild) visits. We have laughed and cried together; shared food and drink - although you will insist on drinking "fat" Coke to my "diet" Pepsi!
We have prayed, joked and debated politics together. Compared tattoos and battle scars and agreed that being the parent of teenage girls is worse than anything else we could think of. You have taught me how to cook catfish and I have explained to you the procedure for making hot tea.
I have seen you with spiky hair, long hair and a completely shaved head. You have seen me with blonde, brown, short and midlength hair cuts.
You are always in white, I have turned up in everything from a business suit to a vampire t-shirt.
Somehow, despite the differences between us and your tendency to use the more colourful words in the English language, we have pulled through together as great friends.

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Feb 2004

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2002 - our first visit

If I could only relate to you the difference you have made in my life and the lives of my family.
When our dear Hayley died, you were right there, supporting us in our grief. You understood about loss and helped to comfort us as we mourned our daughter.
You knew what it was like to lose someone you loved, Liz (your wife)was such a big part of your heart. You also mourned for the "loss" of your children, even though it was separation and not death that kept you apart. I have watched as you talk of your daughters with such deep affection it has moved me to tears. I am pleased that I have had the privilege to meet with Ashley, who is just wonderful, and I hope that you will be in contact with Brianna before it is too late.
You deserve to be loved and cherished, and I wish only good things for you whatever the outcome on 17th February. You are an amazing being; full of light and love. You have touched many lives with your gifts of friendship and tenderness. 
Once you have entered someone's life it will never be the same.

So, that's it I guess. End of story. Nothing more to say. You have changed me in a way that is only for the better.
 I love you.
Until we meet again, I remain, always, your friend, Rachel xx

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.