Alice was a special person. She had an ability to give you exactly what you needed. And I’m not talking about bringing you your food. She gave you much more than that. If you needed to be cheered up, she could do it. If you needed to be brought down a notch, she could that as well. If you just needed someone to listen, she would do it.

Like many of you, I met her at the diner. Or maybe she met me. I’m not really sure. Meeting her made you feel like maybe you had always known each other. I brought my whole family down to meet her. That’s the kind of person she was.

What happened to Alice was a tragedy. Not only was it was a tragedy for all of us here, but it was a tragedy for the entire world. For those of us who have to go on without her and for those who will now never get to meet her. A tragedy.

I could say a lot of things about her, but Alice was…well, she was Alice. And our lives are better for that.

 

(This is part 1 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)