I met Maddy when I was studying abroad at Cal Poly. We had the chance to share the same classes and we immediatly bonded. I feel so lucky that I had the chance to get to know him and become his friend. I have discovered this country through him, and I couldn't imagine a better way to experiment America than with Maddy. I knew nobody there and he is the one that came to talk to me in class, curious about me and impatient to share his world with me. I cherish all the memories I have with Maddy, the most funny, kind, smart and caring person I knew. Thinking about him always makes me smile. From the best memories I have with him, I will always remember the nerdy talks about science and astronomy under the milky way, the afternoons at the beach, teaching him how to cook crêpes (and him teaching me how to cook cinnamon rolls). I will always remember the laughs and the conversations we share. I am blessed that our paths crossed. I feel so lucky that we were able to build a strong enough friendship, that years later, on different continents with a different timezone, we were still in each-other life. Few weeks ago, the last time we talked, we couldn't wait about the borders to re-open to visit each other and go on a new adventure together. I had no idea what he was going through. I feel so sorry for not telling him at the time how much our friendship mattered to me. How much he was important to me.
I am so sorry for Maddy's family. The loss is infinite. I am grateful that they created this forum and gave us the opportunity to all share our stories with Maddy together.
I miss you Maddy. I can't believe you're not here anymore. I am devastated and heart broken. Thank you for all the love you gave me. Thank you for the precious time with you. Thank you for the beautiful memories together.
Aurevoir mon ami, tu me manqueras toujours et tu seras toujours dans mon coeur. Je t'aime.