Saturday, September 11, 2010
I have always known this day would probably come and now it is here and I am heart-broken. My wonderful and beautiful and dearest friend and next-door neighbor LOIS has moved to Kansas. Lois has been my neighbor for 28 years and during those years she came to mean more to me than I can find words to express. She has been my friend, neighbor, the big sister I always wanted, my mother-figure, nurturer, confidant, role model...and so much more. She was there with me 24 years ago during the most difficult experience of my life, and we were there for her when she lost her beloved husband BILL several years ago. She has told me she loved me more than any person in my life other than my husband. She has listened to my secrets and shared my joys. Her spunk, her positive outlook on life, her charitable heart, her courage, her love for God & country, and her strength have shown me what all of us should strive to be.
Now it is time for Lois to move closer to one of her sons and his family; our loss is their gain. Because I love Lois so dearly, I am happy for her that she is going to be close to family, but it will take awhile for my heart to mend. It will take awhile before I will be able to walk across our little bridge between her house and ours to welcome the new neighbors. It will take awhile before I will think of her and not cry. But each day of the rest of my life I will be thankful for the tremendous blessing God gave me when he sent her to me. And, hopefully, we will see each other again...but until that day, I will hold her in my heart and pray each day that she is happy, healthy, and enjoying time with her new friends and family.
I love you, Lois!