To ALL I have loved before..............
Category: OtherBy: magnoliaave • 5 years ago • 23 comments
To All The Friends I've Loved Before who travelled in and out my door. I dedicate this Christmas to the joy you brought into my family's life.
I live alone and, sometimes, it can be tough. The other night, I was sitting listening to music, drinking a glass of Pinot Gregio and smoking a cigarette. On the table were photo books and I started turning page by page seeing my friends and all the good times we had. Oh, there were photos of my bridge friends, my travelling friends, my political friends, my family friends, my tennis friends, but most of them are gone now. I never took my friends for granted and they became as much a part of me as my family.
How privileged we are when someone lets us enter their lives. Do you know how precious that is? They, actually, say to you....hey, you are pretty neat and I like you. I like you, too.....let's get together. Before you know it we are sharing birthdays, anniversaries, trips ....all the good things and some not so good. But, we stick together through it all.
My two best buddies are still around. Leah, I have known for 53 years. Sandy, for 44 years. We get together every other week for lunch. Met Leah in N.O. and she has since moved to my town in AL. Sandy, was my first friend when I moved from N.O. Those two wonderful ladies mean the world to me. Leah is the prima donna, the over the top ridiculously outgoing and fun. Sandy, is the rock, the ultimate hostess, the nothing happens without her, the traveler. My Charlotte who left us this year, I had known for 44 years meeting her through Sandy. My dear girl, I miss you.
To All My Family I've Loved Before who travelled in and out my door. I dedicate this Christmas to the joy you brought into my life and made me what I am today.
This is a tough one and one, I really don't handle too well.
My Mother who was magic and my brilliant Dad who worked his butt off for us, I honor you and thank you.
My precious sister, Darlene. Would it be enough to tell you that she was the essence of everything good in this world? Would it be enough to tell you that everyday of my life I miss her? I was always tagging along with her and she never complained. Her children were my children and mine, hers. I remember Mother telling me.....you think your sister can do no wrong. I said, that's right. Mother just smiled.
My brother left us this year. Pitiful. Good looking, smart, but never seemed to get it together. I saved his little butt from our sister many times as he was spoiled rotten. He would do anything for you. If I called from China that I was stranded he would find a way to get me home. Took care of him the last couple of months of his life.
My adorable niece left us this year. She and her sister came to visit me and the next month she died of a heart attack at the age of 52, She went to the doctor that morning not feeling well, he sent her home and she died three hours later. I don't understand it. Cannot wrap my head around it.
To All My Precious Ones who are still travelling in and out my door.....I love you!
My two sons, two grandchildren. and my niece. You make every moment of my life worthwhile. You make me special. I have no words strong enough nor beautiful enough to tell you what you mean to me.
Please, may I introduce to you....Michael, Mark, Caleb, River and Kathie.
I would love to hear about your loved ones. Please share your stories with me.