She had an infectious smile and a no nonsense attitude. She went with me to school and many a times we would share rides. She was my aunt's classmate and her younger sister, who was my age, was a good childhood friend.

We didn't meet for many years .. and then as news editor of the GDN, I bumped into her again, as head of PR at Weber Shandwick.. that's FP7 for you mortals.

We clicked immediately and spent many afternoons between jobs eating, chatting and laughing at some of the finest eateries at City Centre, in Manama, where her office was located. Despite her battle with breast cancer, its reemergence and her chemotherapy sessions and pain, she was one of the most upbeat and positive people I have met in my life.

Yesterday, Eman Khalifa said goodbye to the world. I hope you are in a better place my good friend.

On my quick visit to Bahrain, you crossed my mind many times. I just couldn't bring myself to visit you at your hospital bed. I called you before arriving looking for good news. I was hoping you would tell me that you beat that wretched disease again. You were smiling and wheezing and upbeat. You asked me to come and visit you. I promised you I would. I am sorry I didn't. I was sparing myself the pain and you the negativity of seeing my tears - which I can't stop now.

You will be missed and remembered. You are not completely gone for you have spread positivity and good memories which nothing can take away. Even death...


BuZain said...

May her soul rest in peace inshalla.

Qwaider قويدر said...

انّا لله و انّا اليه راجعون

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Accept my sympathy for the loss of a young female friend who you cared for and admired.

Your reaction is not uncommon. Do not blame yourself for avoiding coping with her dying. Another time, with another person, you may be ready to share personally this stage of their life.

Memory of her will bring you joy in the years to come.

LuLu said...

May her soul rest in peace.. and may you find solace knowing she is at a better place..

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Thanks for all your comments. I know she is in a better place.. where there are no needles and pain; false hope and dashed expectations.

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