Holding on to the memories
Four years ago I moved into Grace Hall at the University of St. Thomas with you. I remember wandering off to the football field our first night on campus. I knew right then and there it was going to be an epic year as we skipped across the turf, fearlessly introducing yourself to everyone, (ha ha the boys who hung up their hammocks on the field goal post) I admired your happiness and confidence; it was contagious.
I hold on to each lunch date in the cafeteria and every memory from Wednesday nights in Brady hall. I remember the quiet afternoons, helping you with Theology homework as we got distracted watching the boys soccer team from our dorm window. I remember you introducing me to your friends; you always cared so much about spending time with the people you were close to and making every day one to remember.
I will never forget the one time I even got you to workout with me at the rec… but I think we ended up spending more time laughing than doing any lifting. I remember laughing while watching Friends and I remember the moments we were each other’s shoulder to cry on. I remember always making you quesadillas at 3am as we would reminisce about the night. Every time I think of UST, I think of you.
You are such a beautiful soul and I am so thankful for all of these memories. You made me more fearless, courageous, & wild hearted. I hope I can let your light shine through how I live out mine, since yours was cut too short. It’s been two years without you dancing here but I’ll do my best to dance with as much joy, fearlessness, & vigor as you did. Sending love to Heaven above to you angel. I miss you & love you, Ria 💜