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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lost the Battle and I Thank You

Thank you to all who took part in the sale of my book over the past holiday Memorial Day weekend.  I cannot express what it means to have others read your work, to purchase your work, and share the literary experience in this manner.  It validates the author’s time and work into creating and putting the work out there.
Now to a much more important matter.
Back In April I did a Blog Post   * A really weird Place *

The following is an excerpt of that post . . .

In just a matter of days around the beginning of July I will have been in my current employment twenty years, a milestone. The guy who hired me all those years ago is still a close personal friend of mine, and so is his wife. His wife has been battling cancer for over a year now, she won a few battles but its back and they found out last Tuesday it has entered her brain. My family and I traveled a bit north this weekend to visit my friends, it was great but it was hard in ways I can’t begin to explain. This is the man that gave me chance to have a stable job for all these years. The guy who took a chance on me. I still vividly remember sitting in the interview with him thinking “I hope I get this job even if it is only in the warehouse, within six months I can find something better, I just really need a job right now.” I had a baby girl at home, a wife and a thirty year mortgage, not to mention just getting by.

This job which didn’t allow me to further my education but which had a library down the street did get me into reading, reading a lot! I thought many times that if couldn’t go to school that it didn’t mean I couldn’t further my education on my own, so I read any and everything. Through the following years and through the urging of the book club ladies I am now not just still employed at the same place but I am a published author. I have found my passion. Along the way I got divorced and re-married to Wonder Woman, and have two small boys from that heavenly union, more Passion!! To see my friend and knowing that a major part of his passion is about to lose the war and pass on to my heavenly fathers care and leave my friend behind, is bitter sweet to say the least.
My Friend lost his mate, his wife, his friend May 28, 2012 at approximately 6:00PM to Cancer.  I was in contact with him only just before the holiday weekend in regards to an update on her condition.  My memories of my family’s visit to see them last month, 36 days ago, are still vivid and clear.  I will forever remember her infectious smile, her awesome sense of humor, and the strength of my friend as he endured probably one of the hardest things we as human beings can endure.  I know millions of people have faced this demon and its effects on their families and loved ones and friends.  Today I am back in that weird place, happy and hopeful for the future, trusting in my miniscule faith that my friends wife is in a better place.  Her battle is over and that she isn’t suffering any longer.  My friend did everything imaginable for her, to take care of her, and was there through it all to the bitter end.  I pray he finds the continued strength to finish his grand life without his better half.  I am sure he would agree with that statement!  It is by no means a slam or detracts from this great man and good friend.
May God Bless you!  Live each day as if it were your last!  Memorial Day Weekend will forever hold a more special place in my heart.  Remembering Ruth!
She may have lost the battle, but she won the War!  She lived a Great Life with a Great Man!

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