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In Memory March 6, 2012

Posted by trainingsolutionshlc in Uncategorized.

This is a slightly different blog because of a major loss in my life last Thursday.  People say blood is thicker than water and your family is always there, to which I reply it depends on how you define family.  I have been blessed to have non-related sisters who are more important to me than my relatives.  These women have known me through good times and bad and are still in my life.  Two I have known since college some more recent.  All have one thing in common which is the bond we share that no matter what we are there for each other. 


That was tested for me on March 1st when I lost Suzanne Szabo, and yes I am still pissed at her for leaving.  I knew her for over 20 years. We had many adventures together, shed many tears and shared even more laughter.  She taught me so much.   Suzanne was definitely high maintenance when it came to how she presented herself to the world and she was proud of it. Yet at the same time she had the biggest most generous thoughtful loving heart and soul.  Those of us fortunate to have her in our lives enjoyed her energy, intelligence, zest for living and above all her laughter which was infectious.  She pushed all of us to be our best selves. 


Through her I met some extraordinary people she met through grad school and her work.  We enjoyed a professional bond as well.  When she moved from LA to DC, she and I explored a wide range of places, from galleries to plays to chamber music to restaurants and yes even to dives.  She got me to stand on the banks of the Potomac one Christmas to watch Santa water ski with the Grinch; later we went to hear gospel music.  That was Suzanne, loving it all


From enjoying cherry blossoms in spring to seeing FDR’s memorial on the hottest muggiest day, to enjoying the brilliance of fall colors to sliding in ice and snow to get to the Metro; Suzanne knew how to enjoy the moment.  I will always love her and miss her. 


While she left way too early she rolled into heaven yelling woo hoo this has been one hell of a ride.  May you all enjoy the moment, the ride and above all be blessed with friends who love you no matter what.


1. Carin Kerr - March 7, 2012

Harriet, what a lovely tribute to a such a dear friend. We know they are dear when one becomes a better person for knowing and loving them. I am so sorry for your loss. Truly the hardest part of becoming “vintage” is learning to say Farewell to those who go before us. May sweet memories find you and fill you with the joy of Suzanne,and you will find your friendship takes on a new dimension…..Godspeed, Carin Kerr

trainingsolutionshlc - March 7, 2012

Thank you for your kind words and response

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