One week ago this very day I learned that my best friend of 35 years and brother passed away quite suddenly of a heart attack. His name was Hector Collazo and was 45 years young and was on the cusp of becoming a great success in the comics industry once again. I lost a soul-friend and my life without him will NEVER be the same.
I haven’t the will nor the energy to really write anything these past few days but when I saw Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge on being thankful, the choice in picture was quite easy for me. On another day or so I’ll write a more in-depth post about my friend. For now, I’ll just express how thankful I am to have had him in my life.
I took the picture above when a close-knit group of friends and I went to Bowlmor Lanes in NYC a decade ago to hang out. I remember that night as if it was yesterday – we had so much fun! Hector’s playful actions, wit and humor comes across very easily in this pic. He sits next to his sister who had passed away several years ago. They are now together in the afterlife.
I am thankful for not only having such an incredible brother and sister in my lifetime but for being here in the now enjoying the rich experiences of my other close friends and family. I am thankful for having good health (which much too often we take this for granted) and for being simply alive and surrounded with so much love. I am also incredibly thankful for the newfound friends (and more to come) I’ve met in the wake of Hector’s passing. They are so warm, loving, and supportive as we all share in our grief together.
This post is for my friends. I love you all and treasure your friendship immensely.