I met Kelly in and around the building with her dog Lily, just saying hi and bye not realizing she lived across the hall from me, that would soon change and we would become good friends.
I finally got to know Kelly during the Cabbagetown Festival in 2011. She then would always try and invite me over but I was usually in my PJ'; but she would insist that I come over anyway. Almost everyday after I was at her place; I would invite her over to mine but we always spent more time at her place.
We talked about any and everything; most of all how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. We joined the gym together but only got down there a few times because se was sick. Even though I volunteered that didn't stop her from waking me up at 7:30 in the morning just to have a coffee and talk; at times we'd sit in her apartment or balcony the whole day!
I knew she was very sick because that's the first thing she told me when we started to talk and kept apologizing every time she'd have a seizure. She'd laugh when she fell down in the apartment for no reason, or when she couldn't find her reading glasses because they were on her head - even I didn't notice them!
We went to Barrie for a week, I had a good time considering there was no cable,; but we did watch movies on her laptop. We visited her father in the hospital; we also went to Walmart where she took a fall, yet we still kept shopping, thats how strong she was.
I had stopped celebrating Christmas many years ago but Kelly insisted that we have a tree and decorations. At first I wasn't for it but then I started to enjoy decorating the tree, the next day opening up our gifts and then going over to Scott and Sean's. I had never felt so welcome(with the exception of my relatives) into Sean and Scott's home as I did that day. The loveliest and happiest couple I have ever met.
Kelly started getting really sick in mid January. She had been to the hospital maybe three times already, always reminding me to look after Lily. This time she couldn't breathe or walk so we called the ambulance. I thought they would help her breath and send her on her way home like they usually did. But this time she never came back. No more talks, no more laughs, no more going to Tim Horton's. I tried to visit her every week while she was in the hospital, until I got the call from Scott that she had passed.
There is a lot more I could have said about Kelly -- That she was a kind, loving, non judgemental person...
... I'd Just like to say that she was the best friend I've every had.