Yesterday I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of my dearest, much loved Twitter friends, the marvellous @MildewPea.
Milly was one of the first people I followed when I joined the Social Network and I have no idea how we found each other, out there in the ether, but she welcomed me into her 'family' with kindness and good humour and she, in turn, became one of my treasured 'Twitter family' members. Yes, Twitter friends can and do become like family. We all share so much and enter each others lives in a way that only fellow tweeters can comprehend. They are our friends and often our trusted 'confidantes' and we deeply mourn their loss.
Milly lived in the USA but she loved all things British and she enjoyed our TV programmes, our culture and , especially, our tea drinking habits. She dispensed Tea , sympathy, amusing stories and the occasional ribald comment from her 'tea trolley' Maud and was always willing to listen to worries and troubles and offer her own uniquely worded advice. Milly loved words !
She had become a Grandmother for the first time last year - both her son and his wife and her daughter and husband presenting her with delightful grand-children- and she was looking forward to watching them grow up , her excitement knew no bounds as we shared photos of our respective families. I am sure she was a much loved Oma , as she liked to be known ! My heart goes out to 'Mr Pea' and the rest of her family, I can only imagine how they feel.
She was taken from us in a tragic accident, I'm afraid I don't know any details and maybe that is a blessing. All I do know is that my heart has a piece missing and my timeline is so much duller without her.
R.I.P. darling Milly, the world has lost a beautiful person , but I like to think of you now, in Eternity, pushing your tea trolley and saying " Good gracious !"