What do you say to a friend that just lost the love of his life?
I’m usually not bad with words, juggling from French to English with ease. But yesterday, at Nathalie’s funeral, I was speechless. After 14 years of dealing with cancer, she lost her battle. 14 YEARS. What a fighter! Astonishing inner strength. Ups and downs. Fully living the good times.
A smile that stays with you forever. Eyes so vivid and full of life that you keep telling yourself that this cannot really be happening. Not now. Not her. 46. She was only 46!!
Like some of you said; too young. Wayyyyyy too young.
So again, what do you say to a friend that just lost the love of his life? And to his two boys, who are quickly becoming strong young men?
During her last week at the hospital, Charles sent me an email: “she must have completed 7 Tour de France in 7 days!” he wrote. It says it all.
What comforts me a tiny bit is that I know how “rock-solid” Charles is. That guy, on a windy nasty kinda day, could pull you for hours without showing any weakness. A big chainring, powerful cycling machine. And of course, les boys, like Charles calls them, are just like their dad… and their mom.
Nathalie, our hero.