Before this year I had read one Agatha Christie mystery in my life. I read And Then There Were None when I was a kid. My friend Laurie challenged herself last year to read as many Christie’s as she could. When Laurie died earlier this year the Facebook group that she created drafted a bingo card that including an Agatha Christie book, in Laurie’s honour.

Before the kid and I went to New York, before our 10 hour train ride, I went to look at our local library and found that with my library card I had access to Libby, and a while bunch of ebooks.

I haven’t been a huge fan of ebooks, but given 20 hours on a train with minimal luggage, I thought I should try.

And so I downloaded The ABC Murders – the first Christie I could find that was available to borrow.

Since then I have read A LOT of Agatha Christie. (I’m working on my seventh – they just automatically download when your holds come in and you can’t stop!)

Today was the day we celebrated Laurie’s life. I had meant to be there, but I’m still feeling sick, not sure whether this is the flu, and I didn’t want to risk it. Luckily there was a live-stream and I got to hear from friends and friends of friends and remember.

Laurie was a very special lady. We all knew it. She is who I want to be when I grow up.

Laurie was full of passion and love and kindness.

For Laurie I will keep reading, I will keep knitting, I will cherish my family, I will look after my health and I will try to have more fun.

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