The one photo I've been saving ...

This is my favourite photo of Matt; not one I've yet posted because it has been so special to me all these years and has recently brought me much comfort. This beautiful photo is one from many a camping trip we took together. I've had it blown up for Jack and Kate. I had intended to give it to them today...but that will wait until the summer - always a great season for Matt and I. In this picture, he's talking to me which, now, seems very sweet though I seem to recall giving him heck for it when I first got these photos developed ("always running your mouth, Hardie"). I've blown it up for me and for his family because it's how I want to remember him. He's not truly gone to me. He has just said something beautiful and intelligent, and is walking off down a dark forest path into the setting sun. Wonderful man. A piece of my heart has gone with him.

Matthew Robert Hardie, beloved friend
July 28, 1978 - December 14, 2010

"I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be" ~ Robert Munsch


I just found this one (same peak, same sunset) that was obviously snapped by Matt. I'm sure he would have said something like "Always hamming it up, baby".  Yes, doll. always.