Bonus Post: Goodbye, Hailey

19 thoughts on “Bonus Post: Goodbye, Hailey”

  1. Gah, I’m a little emotional. These kinds of chapters are why I love legacy stories. There’s such a weight behind the big events when you’ve followed these characters for so long. Frank’s speech was so sweet. Even when Hailey wasn’t being a good friend to him, he was always so sweet and loyal. And gotta love those old photo frames from PhotoScape – really adds a sense of time passing.
    I loved this, Jowita. Thank you for sharing 🙂 ❤

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    1. Yes. It was emotional for me, too. I chose Frank not only because I liked him, but also due to the fact that he was so close to Hailey. I personally never felt that attached, so I thought it would be easier to express emotions if I wrote from his perspective, although I was worried that I’d focus too much on him, because I love Frank so much. I didn’t want him to come off as selfish, wouldn’t be at all true to his character.
      Legacy stories are wonderful because of these things. You follow these characters for so long. Hailey was quite a special case, as we got so much insight into her before her own generation. There was so much events I just had to include. I think Frank was too good for her and that she didn’t really deserve this kindness. But she got lucky, he’s such a good person and a wonderful, forgiving friend.
      Ah, I love them, too. They were perfect for the throwback shots.
      Thank you so much ♥

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  2. I love the old picture effect… I like the kids picture with all her friend and it was a great idea to put their name on all of them when the grown up 🙂 it was nice way to let Hailey go… but still very sad I would of preferred her not to go 😦

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    1. I thought it really added to the atmosphere, with the time passing and so on. The picture comes from generation 4, Hailey’s bonus from when she was a kid. I just had to include it. I thought I needed to name the friends because they could be easily mistaken for one another, and I wanted everyone to know who is who. I’m sad, too. She was only 40, such a young age to be forced to leave this world…

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    1. Oh, you have the perfect timing! I’ve just taken the time too reupload the pics to get them in the correct size. Such a painstaking job and I’m going to get started on poses soon for tomorrow’s post…
      Yes, that’s a surprise that even Waylon warmed up to her. He never really liked her.
      It is very sad… She did! She needed to be there.
      I’m glad you think he didn’t go into too much detail. I worried about saying too much, which I tend to do if I get too excited. But I wanted to focus on Hailey rather than him, so I cut down on telling stories that would be too much about him and not her.

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  3. What a beautiful and touching tribute. Hailey certainly lived an eventful life, and I can’t think of a better person to give a eulogy than Frank.
    It was also so interesting to see how Hailey impacted everyone in all very different ways. From her friends in school, to Reggie and all of her children (I am including Clint in with that was well as we see how Clint’s reaction is so different than Ron’s).
    Plus, I thought that it shows a lot about Shari’s character that even at a funeral she is thinking about herself.

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the tribute! Hailey’s life was full of surprises and both happy and sad moments. Hers and Frank’s life were entwined, so I think he was the right person to give a speech.
      Hailey’s death had a different impact on everyone who knew her. As Heather noticed in the comments, even Waylon was able to think fondly of her and he never liked her. To Clint, she never felt like a mother, so he didn’t feel nearly as bad as the twins.
      It’s not that Shari is such an egoistic person. She just has some very big problems and seeing Ron reminded her of them. We’ll be seeing more of her in the next chapter. Not everything’s exactly right with her.

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      1. I could tell that Shari has a lot to deal with right now. And I look forward to reading more about it (that engagement ring she was fiddling with is not s good sign for poor smitten Ron).
        I did like that even Waylon had some good thoughts about her.

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      2. I was wondering if anyone would pay attention to Shari’s scene and wouldn’t get too distracted with all the grief. It was a hint for today’s (actually, it was yesterday my time) chapter in which she and Ron have a big argument over her engagement.
        I think Waylon felt sorry for her after all. He didn’t dare say wrong things about her when she became ill. It’d be just cruel.

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    1. Frank was a true, loyal friend to her. And he had been with her longer than her family, before she had her children or got together with Reggie. Speaking of whom, he’s totally broken after losing his second wife prematurely. He lost his first wife in a car accident along with his first daughter who was only a teen.

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  4. That was such an emotional and moving post..! I loved Frank’s speech, and I agree with everyone that this whole chapter just showed how special Hannah was (with her flaws – after all, these are what ultimately make everyone more interesting) and how many peoples’ lives she was able to affect. My heart broke for Becca at that last picture – not only did she lose her mother, now she will have the guilt of having ruined her last days to carry with her forever 😦
    This chapter was beautiful Jowita, thanks for sharing ❤

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    1. Thank you so much ♥
      I purposefully used Frank here, not only because I love his character, but also due to the fact that I never had much of a connection with Hailey and I felt like writing from his point of view would be much more authentic and emotional. You also see how he went around the issues he’d had with her like Cedric and such. I worried, though, that I might focus on him too much because I’m rather biased and it was a great chance to talk about Frank, even if it’s not in character for him to talk too much about himself. But I couldn’t help, because their lives were connected in many years. They had known each other since primary school after all! Becca feels guilty for how things turned out. Even as a genius, she didn’t expect things to go south so quickly, after only a few months of her absence.
      Thank you so much, you’re too sweet! ♥

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  5. I really liked the effects on the old photographs. They really do look like they’ve been worn and handled a lot! Lovely touch. It was a nice way to recap on her life, especially it being from Frank’s point of view. Who knew her better?
    I’m glad Becca did go. I think she would have regretted it for the rest of her life if not. Still, to be so close to the family and not say anything… I’m not sure that’s the right choice.

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    1. Thank you! These are Photoscape effects. I’m glad Louise shared this program with me. It’s great and free. Frank probably knew her the best out of all the people. He’s always been such a good friend. I remember how annoyed you were when he forgave her after all.
      I think she still regrets a lot, such as having he mother die not knowing if she was even alive. At least, she went. Still, not a perfect situation.

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  6. I’m sorry, Jowita. I actually read this right after you told me I missed it the other day but didn’t have a chance then to comment.

    Anyway, I really loved this tribute to Hailey. It was good seeing Frank and it was emotional, too. He said all the right things, I thought, and I agree it will be his eulogy that is remembered.

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    1. Thank you, Kym. No need to apologize! I can tell you’ve been busy with first your birthday and then Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
      I’m glad you liked this tribute! ♥ Frank is too good a friend. It’s good that you think he said the right things. I was a bit worried it was too long.

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