Yesterday I posted about “Twenty Seconds of Courage“. Today I am thinking of my friend, Linda. You see, when I was around her, I felt stronger, smarter, and funnier. She was a friend that did not judge. She loved me for me. She loved my boys. I cannot explain the calm that I felt when around Linda. She gave me courage and confidence.
Our adventure began at the library. We “met”. We discussed growing up in the same town and knowing “of” each other. Since we both had boys AND homeschooled, we decided to try teaching some joint classes. And so began a wonderful relationship of two families. I recall standing eggs on end at the spring equinox, horseback riding lessons, birthday parties and yes, even rappelling. We challenged each other!And then careers and states took us miles apart. We kept in close contact at first. I will never forget the day her first grand baby was born. She called me at work in Missouri. I was sure something was wrong! But it wasn’t. It was all right. She was a grandma. A PROUD grandma.
Miles distanced us. But finally, through Facebook, we connected again. I still have those messages. It was evident how much Linda still loved her boys!
” You guys are always apart of us, you are great people.
April 7 Evan will be 19. Brad turned 25 last Friday, Feb 12. Eric will be 22 June 6.
We have wonderful memories of being with you all.
Tell everyone Hi.
Love, Linda “
We were both excited to be on-track with each other again. Facebook can be a great way to reconnect! And then just two months later, the same way that Linda had found me, I found out that I had lost her. She did not survive a highway accident. I mourned for our lost years. I mourned for her family. This was all so wrong. I couldn’t fix it.
Yesterday was Linda’s birthday. I left a message on her Facebook wall to remind her that I was thinking of her. Thank you, Linda, for being my friend. I miss you. You inspire me, encourage me, and make a difference in my life. Still. ♥