In December it will be a year since my best friend passed away. It’s hard to believe it went by so fast. The first few months were awful. Circumstances had me stuck in an extended grieving period that felt like it would never end. It was only when I was able to move forward with a Celebration of Life and dedication of a memorial that I was able to work through it. I’m typing this now without tears, which is a big improvement.
And I’m excited to share that her memorial bench has finally been placed in the park. It’s in a pretty spot under a couple trees, next to a little bridge that goes over a stream (when it rains enough) that runs through the park.
The bench is located in the main front section of Johansen Park in Atlantic Beach, FL at 1300 Seminole Road, between West Park and East Park Terraces. It’s facing where they set of the stage for festivals like Shakespeare in the Park and JazzFest. She always loved being part of the action and enjoying a good show, so I wanted the bench to be where people would really see and use it. If I ever have a memorial bench some day, I’d request it to be off in a quiet spot where people would have to wander and find it.
But that’s what I loved about my friend Meisha. She was the outgoing extrovert part of our dynamic duo, and a bit of a social security blanket for my introverted self. I would often whisper funny things quietly to her, only to have her laugh and loudly repeat it to everyone because she thought it needed to be shared. And she was like a personal PR machine at events, always introducing me to everyone, because she made it a point to get to know everyone.
She was unique, she was special and she will always be loved.
And I admit, now I have some tears. ❤
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About the Author
Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.