Today I learned that a good friend, Ellen Nugent, who worked for 17 years as a Shanghai American School middle school librarian, passed away. It has saddened me in so many ways. Of course, just losing Ellen, who loved her job, has stunned me. The other thing that saddens me is that it has been months since we talked or “chatted” on-line. I just was caught up in my life.
Ellen did live her life. She traveled a great deal, enjoyed her friends, and went back to her home state of Montana every summer. As all of us do, she was making plans about retirement but couldn’t quite decide on when to do it. She will be greatly missed at SAS.
This is the second friend that I have lost this year. Both younger than me. I am going to take this as a wake up call. I intend to call, write, email, or go visit friends and family – at least for this week. I hope to continue making contact with my friends around the world more often. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people to call friends.
Don’t let any more days pass you by. Get in touch with that friend that you have been meaning to call. Make a date to have lunch together this summer. Plan a reunion of international friends at some wild location or tame one. Celebrate your life and your friends everyday.