Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In Memorium

I just found out that a friend of almost 50 years, died last July. Linda and I met when we were 21 and living in San Diego. She had just returned from a year in Vietnam serving with the Red Cross. I was green. She was tired. We clicked.

Over time and long distance, Christmas cards became our once a year contact as we both moved on from our lives in San Diego. But from then to now, we always kept track. We reconnected in Phoenix, AZ, Kerrville, TX, Reno, NV, and Portland, OR. 50 years. 4 visits. Those reconnections were never dull. Now you are gone and I find that the world is a duller place knowing that you aren't out there anymore helping our wounded warriors slay their dragons. In the end, you had your own dragon to slay.  I'll miss you. I have all your Christmas cards and letters. They will always be one of the best parts of my Christmas memories. Fly on my friend. Fly on.


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  1. I'm so sorry. I bet she would have loved this beautiful video. This is one of the hardest parts of getting old. I have lost so many best friends.

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    1. This is my first loss of a friend of my youth. It underscores how fragile life is and the older we get, the more fragile life becomes.

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  2. I'm so very sorry, Annie. I have one of those "known them almost forever" friends and I can imagine your sense of loss. Sending you wishes for peace and healing.

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie. I hardly know what to feel. Lots of ups and downs in the last 24 hours. My morning scripture reading does help though. 💟💟

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  3. People like Linda are priceless treasures - good souls that followed their calling to help others and serve their fellow man. I'm sure she was a blessing to so many wounded warriors, just as your friendship was a blessing to her. I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts.

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    1. Thank you, Toni. That means a lot. Love.

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