My friends arranged an event at LadyBohemia. To invite everybody who had loved Kalle and me, to celebrate his endless joy of life. Also, to help me keep going with this labor of love of mine LadyBohemia, at a moment when I am not able to, but have to, keep on working.
They did it all, arranged everything, invited people, told everybody it wasn’t even sure I would be able to show up. But they were prepared to handle all. Serafiina Sainio, Annika di Chiara, Bhakti Kulmala, my mother, Ria for photographing…. Pike Holmström. Kira Lahdenperä for the flowers, for keeping the shop open when I was, let’s say, not presentable for any client.
I will never forget what you have done for me. Not one smile, not one shared tear. In my deepest hour of need, I truly was not alone.
We had the best of evenings, ever. In the invitation I’d promised you can all laugh, you can cry, all rules are out the window at this point.
So, so many people came, bringing their loving messages and kind words for Kalle and their best wishes for my future without him. I am touched beyond words.
Tragedy often brings out the best, absolutely most beautiful qualities in people. Unfortunately also in reverse.
But this evening was about the goodness, the kindness, the compassion of human spirit. Even total strangers came, they had heard about my loss and just wanted to help any way they could. I have no words, really.
For example, a doctor I’d never met came by saying should I or my children ever need help or crisis therapy, she would take us in anytime, without charge. She left me her email. Then she bought something to support our livelihood, and after a couple of hours came back with her business card, with her personal phone number. I could call anytime.
My little but very dear friend Kris, the age of my children, came to give me a hug and tell me just how sorry he was for my loss.
So many encounters, so much love.
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.