For a brief moment in my life I had this friend Josh, Josh Romeis.
It's hard to believe it's been three years since he passed away. He was climbing in the Sierra's with friends and had a seizure. It's just a tragic story.
There have been several times in my life when people have passed and something in my daily life has made me pause. I distinctively remember when two of my grandmother's passed... I was over 200 miles away and something made me stop what I was doing and reflect.
It was the same way the morning Josh died and I was camping. I was in the tent with my son, and I looked up. I paused, and I snapped this photo with my iphone. I don't know why I took it, but after finding out about the tragedy with Josh, I've always wondered about the timing. I always think about him when I see this photo.
He brought many of us together. His parents, Gili, Susana and Jeryl. I didn't have much time to make a friendship with him, but he will always have a place in my heart. I miss my friend.
I've included snapshots from his apartment. Gili and I had a really good laugh that he left for vacation and was only 7 pages away from finishing his book... we joked and wondered how he just couldn't read the last few pages before leaving. It just goes to show that we never know when our time will end. I hope I am as fortunate as my friend to die doing something I love.
I will also never look at a bat the same way.... they just make me think of you, my friend.
Cheers to you Josh, you are missed!