Ode to a Friend
“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.”
– Theophile Gautier
A month ago, I lost my dear friend Leana. One of the most caring and smartest beings that I have ever had the honor to be friends and work with. I used to call her my consultant, she was my hotel roommate, my travel pal, my partner in crime, my neighbor, my favorite Nica, my light warrior, and much more. She made me her sidekick in endless adventures, and I will be forever grateful for that and for everything I enjoyed and learned from her.
Leanita became my family and made me part of hers. She opened her house to us the same way she opened her heart, with no reservations. We enjoyed our friendship to the max, since day one. She was an amazing, fun, thoughtful friend.
As my other dear friends Melissa and Ana said: “She was loved, valued, and respected”. An inspiration to everybody around her. She taught me valuable lessons of love and integrity until the end: Loving her was respecting her. She knew that I felt both for her. Quoting Theophile Gautier above: I loved her with all my mind and admired her with all my heart. She knew that, and so did our families, friends, colleagues and clients.
She will always live in me. Her smile, her laugh, her professionalism, her passion for the entertainment industry, her respect for the craft, her style, her wit and wisdom. She will live attached to my heart like the beautiful orchids she gave me once for my birthday, now blooming in my patio attached to the mango tree.
I will always love you my friend. Thanks for sharing it all.
P. S. : This song is for you:
Know you are loved
Rest in peace
Dream your sweet dreams
“Til your soul is released
My heart is yours
Go out and open doors
With your love
With your faith
With your compassion
With your grace
Oh, with your grace
Go out, spread light to the world
Laura I am so sorry for your loss. Leana sounds like an incredible woman, and you sure shared amazing memories together.
My condolences! & as stated her memory will live on inside you. Keep those memories close. xoxo
Laura, I am sorry that you lossed your dea friend, Leana. It’s great that you she can still live on in your memories together.
I’m sorry for your loss, Laura. It’s heartbreaking when you lose someone so close. Hugs! Pao
Thank you 🙏 laura beautiful words for my sister . You capture what she was … for all of us 🙏🙏🙏helgavillarreal