The other day I had the opportunity to turn an acquaintance into a friendship. Until I get her permission to use her name I will call her Sophie. We met on a planned hike with two other gals. Sophie was introduced to me as a nice lady whose husband also died.
Just hearing those words sent a jolt right up through the crown of my head. A few seconds passed when I reckoned to myself, “At least we have a common ground though my immediate prayer was that our hike would welcome the silent solitude I had been craving. The leaves brushing on my sleeve, the crackling sound of drying leaves beneath my feet, and the breathing of cool air tickling your cheek is what I wanted. Perhaps as mother nature intended Sophie and I broke the sounds of silence.
It seemed that as soon as we took our first 3 or 4 steps we began to converse. It didn’t take long for me to hear Sophie’s story. Her husband died after several years of chronic health challenges. It was now five years later when Sophie decided to get out of the house, go hiking, and enjoy the company of others. Five years, I thought, I won’t mourn for five years. I will cherish the fortitude brought to my life each and every day of my life. I will socialize. I will read and relax.
I will take pride in my house and our property. I will continue my ukulele, piano and band playing. I will eat vegetables every day. I will maintain my current weight (or lose just five more pounds.) I will be kind. I will finish the slides for Ron’s memorial.
I will end this blog so I can finish the slides for Ron’s memorial….
June 21, 2018 at 8:06 pm
so wonderful –Some people just get stuck in there own world and don’t know how to get and and live again…not you; you keep moving forward and dong your best because thats what your loved ones would want
June 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Back in the 1980s I saw a movie about girls who were incarcerated for crimes committed in retaliation of abuse. The last scene is a young girl with tears streaming down her face. Between sobs she pleaded to others: ‘Don’t get Stuck…’ Thanks for commenting…