I lost a close friend yesterday. Bridget died during the night, apparently of a heart attack. I’m not sure of her exact age, but I’d reckon it was late 40s. Far too young to leave us, that’s for sure. Left behind are her husband Chris, two grown children, her middle school aged son Christopher (or Fooey as she affectionately referred to him) and a grandchild. As well as many, many friends all over the world.
I met Bridget and Chris here in Korea around 2008 or so. Something just clicked for us I guess. She was such a unique person with a wicked sense of humor. Real, nothing fake about her. She was kind and generous and also full of piss and vinegar. Always fun to be around someone like that–you never knew what was coming next. I don’t let many people get too close to me, and Bridget was one of them. Which makes it especially hard to see her go.
Bridget’s favorite exclamation was “What the balls!” which she freely used in just about any and all situations.
And while we were all in Korea we did a bit of traveling.
I retired and moved to South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, Chris was transferred to Savannah, Georgia which afforded us the opportunity for some weekend get togethers, here or there. I came back to Korea, and the Werner’s eventually set down in Columbia. I told her stalking doesn’t work if you wait until I’m gone.
Well, you had to know her I guess. And you can be sorry you missed the opportunity. I will never forget her, I know that much.
What the balls!