I think, with a lot of love and affection, about Maliha almost every day but I have been thinking about Maliha all day today because it is her Birthday. Today also happened to be my daughter’s BD but I am thinking more about Maliha’s BD than my daughter’s. We were all blessed by her existence and she will always be in my heart.
Dear Arshud and Alia,
I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t missed Maliha.Her picture is on my dresser,and a friendship card from her is in my desk. I woke up today, turned my calendar page to June 5th and read ‘’Mariah’s birthday dinner at Duke’s 5pm’’ When I took her to lunch there and she fell in love with the food,I told her the Super Scrabblers would gather there for her birthday in 2020! She was delighted!
There are still no words to express losing such a lovely,loving, caring friend. I am so happy she was in my life. I’m sending love today to all her friends and family. Gretchen
Since last year I have been going to the Melrose Abbey cemetery every Saturday afternoon to put fresh flowers on Maliha’s grave, and to have a chat with her – giving her the latest updates on the life and times without her. Often I am accompanied by my daughter, Alia. We take two folding chairs along to sit and think of all the ways in which she used to make our lives better. It has been nearly a year, and we are still discovering things she used to do, that now go undone.
It was several years ago when she declared to me: “I am going to have a scrabble club in which we will all be friends.” “Impossible,” I told her. “First of all, you can’t be friendly to your competitors. Second, beyond a certain age, people don’t make new friends.” She looked at me, as if to say – like Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, “You just wait, Henry Higgins, you just wait.”
Well, she proved me wrong. This was only one of many seemingly impossible things she accomplished during the 52 years we spent together. She loved people, and she loved birthday celebrations.
Thanks to all of you for keeping her in your hearts.