“ I have 3 relationships when I am with them” I eagerly reported back to my mate (another Adam) only a few weeks ago, “ I love them so much. I get to have a relationship (friendship) with Jodes, one with Budda and then the two of them together. I am so lucky.”
Those words are still true to this day except I now “talk” to Adam in his shed or around the point. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but I can still hear his voice just as if he was here.
It’s a weird thing this death thing. And I really hope Jodie doesn’t mind me writing so candidly about it.
You see, little Jodes, is my mentor, my amazing friend, who has seen me through thick and through thin. She (and Adam) have been there for me in my darkest hours and I would do any thing to bring Adam back for her, but I just don’t think I can!!! (Damn it all).
So now with tears cascading down my face, I just want to write so much: Adam, death,
Jodes, the boys, Coochie, tinder tragedies (OMG) that just made me laugh.
I first met Adam (AKA Budda, AB, mate, president - I was his vice president for a year or two) eons ago.
Upon moving to the Gold Coast, another life time ago, I started paddling with Gold Coast Dragons. I didn’t know much about much but I did love our sunset paddles, travels, and parties with the crew, who were to become my family. And it was a family.
We were a gang, a family, a core of athletes who were to become world rivals in an upcoming sport called dragon boating. But our fun didn’t stop on the water... we used to do gym together, sushi together (Jodes can you remember that time I walked into the glass door on Chevron?), we did drinking together, parties, M parties, C parties, B parties, hell this was my closest I had ever come to family. In fact most of our family got married (even me
for a brief time). We were closer than any thing I knew.
Adam was one of my favorite mates. Not many people mentally challenged me like he did. I loved it. It was like a game of “who dares wins”. You dare to make a statement - then GO!
We would have fantastic debates, and I don’t recall winners (librans aren’t like that) but I do remember learning. Deep breaths and going OMG - now I see the world slightly
I am so grateful for those chats, many over the years - BBQs, meetings, Coochie deck, my old house and dinner parties! I miss you so much mate.
The last time I saw “Team Bowden” in it’s entirety was Australia Day long weekend.
On one of the nights the “grown ups stayed up” and we went through photos I had taken from tinder of what affectionately shall always be referred to as my “tinder tragedies”. We laughed so much we were all crying. Then Adam (and his wicked little side kick Jodie) thought it would be funny to find all the guys in a 10 km radius (which included all the surrounding islands) and drag them to the like side.
He was so proud of his crafty work telling me, “Sammy it increases your odds”. He was very disappointed in the morning when I told him I had deleted my account. So funny!
I was shocked when Jodes called me with the news of Adam's collapse.
Like everyone I knew things would never ever be the same in the world again. It was a massive SHOCK!
I still shed random tears, some for Jodie, some for me and the mate I will miss, and some for Adam as I know how much he relished life.
Jodes has debated keeping this blog going. I am all for it for many reasons, but mostly because we set it up when Adam was around. When Jodie showed him and explained her intent for doing it (fund raising for Mary, not drinking for the Febfast, tracking her journey) he simply beamed. He was so proud!
And for that reason alone Jodes I hope you keep blogging.
Much love always Sam xx