my best friend, mentor, gossip conspirator, second mother and spiritual advisor passed away 7 years ago today. there isn't a day that goes by that i don't miss her and pretty much talk to her on the regular. she hears me.
i like to re-read some of the many opening night cards & letters she wrote to me. each one is profound and beautiful.
at the end of a beautifully written and inspired card syd wrote when i left utah for the big city to attend NYU, she wrote
- always call after an audition. (i did- i do)
- let me know far enough in advance so i can get tickets to your opening. (she never got to see me on broadway..)
- the news doesn't always have to be good. (it mostly wasn't... what a dear shoulder to cry on.)
- you have to keep me up to date with the "stories" of your life. (i did. we'd talk for hours a day.)
- you owe me a quilt and i expect to collect at christmas. (i still owe her that quilt-she and i made one of all my old show t-shirts. what a treasure.)
- you don't always have to be the Dad (inside joke).
- my email, phone, home phone, school phone, home email, cell phone, adrian's cell, katie's cell, heather's pager. (loved that!)
- see jeckyll and hyde for me. (i did.)
- ok, you can skip that last one (she loved that wildhorn and i became such great friends).
- save time in April for me (i have new clothes). (i did. we had a grand time seeing theatre, etc..)
- remember your old friend who loves you. (i do. always. i miss you greatly.)
- time doesn't matter. late night communications are great. (she always took my wee hour calls)
- savor new york for me. (i did. i do. nyc is the greatest city in the world!)
i think (most of ) the rules apply to us all.
i am so lucky to have been loved by such a wonderful woman.
i remember you, old friend, and i love you to the moon and back.
i hold you in my heart.