We met in college biology. We clicked and became life long friends. We introduced my brother and her sister and they married. We didn't always stay in touch, sometimes only through family. She actually lived in Texas while we did , letting us get together . She was always "Aunt Sue" to our children. How else do you explain such a relationship? She now lives in the town I grew up in, four hours from here.
I've seen way too much of her this last year and a half. She has bone cancer. They've taken out her pelvis, replaced it with cadaver bone, it didn't take so they replaced it with cement. She's had infection continually and now has another tumor on the sacrum, and some nodes in her lung. I've spent the last few days with her. She's presently in the University of Washington Hospital. Her sister, my sister-in-law came up and since they postponed her surgery we got to just hang out. We talked about kids, grandkids, family secrets, favorite tv shows, husbands, and things only women can talk about. We laughed alot. It was nice.
Why "Sleepless in Seattle"? Out her hospital window we could see the houseboat it was filmed in.