Stephanie Lynn Welch
This page is dedicated to a dear friend of mine, Stephanie Lynn Welch. Taken from us too soon.
Steph had her own battles, but she was there for me in my lowest times, and I was there for her in some of her lowest moments. And the high times were so much fun - full of life. I smile to think that her last few months were some of her happiest, with the love of her life Slava. :)
Another special thing about Stephanie... one of many.... she would always give me the quirkiest most fun cards and gifts. Whenever I had a date, I would ask her for advice on where to take them. Whenever I had friends in town... some from San Diego, some from Australia - I would call her first for advice and we'd team up to take them out and show them a great time in the city. So many memories, but for this post I'm just choosing this one photo.
.... and I guess I will also repost a poem I wrote for her once.
Some people like cats, but everybody loves a dog.
But I don't just love every dog.
You are my German Shepherd, and you are not like the other dogs.
Other dogs have only a surface level to their eyes, but your eyes are dark and infinite.
You are incredibly loyal to your friends, and slow to let people in.
For those that persist, they unlock a lifelong bond.
We are different creatures, and yet our differences connect us.
We both have depth to our character, and we are selective.
To stare into those big eyes, is to stare into the universe.
I don't always get to stare into your eyes, you look away.
There has been pain your past, but slowly you trust me to sit beside you, and forgive my flaws as I forgive yours.
I take care of you, and you take care of me.
A puppy you lived wild and free, and slowly I hope to get you there again.
Your fur coat is beautiful, and attracts everyone to pat you.
But you walk around the other dogs - you are particular about which dogs you embrace.
In time I see you joining the other dogs, in a huge pile of puppy love - and exuding your light for all to see.
You still have that playfulness in your eyes.... shooting comets and the chance of supernovas.
I see a galaxy of potential in you, waiting to ignite.
For me, you are a companion I always want by my side.
Different species, who help each other to unlock the mysteries of the universe - life, love, passion and fulfillment.
Of all the types of dogs around, I adore you the most.
They say dogs are man's best friend, but you are more special than that.
You are my best friend.
You inspire me and I will adore you forever. :)
I'm still coming to terms with the idea that I can't show you the silly dating and strawberry videos I made recently, that I was dying to show you, because I know they would make you laugh.
Love you Stephanie... even in death you will be one of my dearest friends. xoxox