I stole this pic from Scottie. It struck me as not only cute, but life affirming...and my friend loved dogs and yellow flowers, so appropriate as well.
It was good to see old friends again. Some of the people there I hadn't seen in years, and some I found I could go years without seeing again. But, we all came together, some driving across the country, to say goodbye to a special lady who touched so many lives. I was fortunate to be a part of her life, as tertiary as it was. It wasn't a sad group that got together. All of us were aware that she was not doing so well....just not quite how poorly she was doing. So, knowing that cancer is a painful way to die, I was glad for her to have escaped to Heaven. I wish I could have been there to hold her hand as she passed, but she died with her dog in her arms - a critter so beloved by her. It was, in all, a good night for us to say farewell old friend.
I did follow Scottie's advice and take the night off work. I called in at 2:00 to see if all was well, then went back to sleep. It felt good to sleep, with my pups curled up next to me. I don't think I've gotten much sleep in the past days and I guess I needed it.
Well, I've got to go....I have company staying with me for the next day or so. Be well, my friends. Hug your loved ones today; you never know when you will lose the opportunity.