Yesterday, my friend Lewis Milligan would have turned 47 years old. Lewis and I went to middle and high school together and then reconnected and dated in our mid-forties. Sadly, Lewis was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his life to that horrible disease almost two years ago. I think about him every day, as his life and his battle are constant reminders to live each day to the fullest and to live with no regrets.
Lewis would have thought this blog was silly, but would have also bragged about the fact that I had a blog to anyone who would listen. He loved to tell people that I was an assistant principal, and I know that he would have been super proud of my promotion to principal. Thoughts of Lewis are always in the back of my mind. He was honest to a fault, the world’s best hand-holder, and a sweet, thoughtful guy. I have always prided myself on being a really good gift-giver, but Lewis out-gifted me and bought me an awesome pink and black beach cruiser for Christmas. It is one of the best gifts I have ever received! When we were dating, Lewis had this teddy bear sent to my office on my birthday. “Little Bear” proudly wears the bracelet that was given out at Lewis’ memorial celebration as a necklace. She also comforts me when I’m having a bad day.
Happy birthday, Lewis! Rest in peace!