Monday, February 28, 2011

Love you, Mean it

Welcome, and I just want to say how happy I am to be here, and blessed to be surrounded by people who loved Cortney as much as I do.

My name is Emily, a friend, teammate and adoptive sister of Cortney.
Cortney had only been in mine and my daughter, Diem’s life a short period of time but she quickly became a wonderful asset to my already chaotic life.

Cort and I had a lot in common. The love of sports, mom’s, and both had tragedies in our lives that brought us together.

I first met Cortney after finding out she worked at the bank. I would come visit, and bring treats to a wonderful friend. And when I would come by for my visit, Cortney was the person who greeted me every time. She would always comment about how nice it must be to have a friend to bring by goodies or whatever at random times. She always admired my crafty talents, and soon enough, I was bringing her goodies too. I miss going into the bank now, wearing my University of Texas stuff and have her banter with me…

“Come on, get a real team.”

“Really? Like who?”


“HAHAHAHA get real, get a real team. How many National Championships do you have? Or how many athletes have made it to the pros?”



Over the following months of our bantering and more frequent visits, we became close friends. Occasionally calling her at work just to tell her hello and I would hear, “ SAVINGS BANK THIS IS CORTNEY HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” I would always respond with, “YES . I WANT TO TALK TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WHOLE BUILDING.” She always knew it was me because I would start giggling. Soon after I would get, “Emily, Shut up.”

Our Phone calls and texts lead to me joining her womens league basketball team. Now I get to see her outside of the bank. I got to meet the little blessings in her life, Zoey and Zachary that she adored, and gave her life to. She and I became very close friends. We confided so much in one another, and she was always willing to help me as much as she could for me and what has been going on in my life. She was always there for me when I was feeling down, and Cort had a way of just reading me like a book. I could try to fake it but she just knew and she would always tell me that she could relate, and we could sit and talk for hours about it.

I like to think Cort had a plan for all of us. She brought the most positive people in my life that I have been needing. Thank you Cortney for being you, a supportive friend, sister, aunt and role model in mine and Diem’s life I don’t know what I would have done with out you at many points of my life.

Thank all of you, deeply…for talking, crying, laughing, loving and LIVING.
So thank you for being here. For sharing Cort, For remembering her dearly. And let me finish this the way Cort and I finished thousands of talks and meetings and feelings over the course of our friendship. To each and every one of you, and to my dear, amazing Cort, I say: Love You, Mean it.


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