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Good Lord, I don't know what to think right now.
Her name was Lori. She had been suffering from a nasty debilitating disease for a long time, yet the last time I saw her, she looked so much better. It seemed, to me at least, that she had turned some corner, was on the road to recovery.
Then last week, she went to sleep...
Ne'er to awaken in this world.
The last time I saw her was at the funeral for her husband's grandmother. A little over a month ago. The same place where her visiting hours were held. Irony doesn't begin to describe the situation. Like her oldest son (a dear friend and a good man) said, "We need to start seeing each other other places. Anywhere but here."
She was only 52. She leaves a husband who is also a dear friend and who has enough pain in his life to sink many a lesser spirit. He is fighting cancer, he and Lori have struggled mightily in past months.
She leaves three fine children, the youngest in his late teens, a fine grandson and a fine son-in-law.
The Missus Herself and I have been friends with this family nearly since we arrived here in Little Rhody. Lori's father-in-law Fred was the pastor of the church where we are members now, a fine man, I have written of him before. Her mother-in-law is a fine lady and one of our very best friends here in Little Rhody.
Really, I consider that whole family to be dear friends, as near as family can be without the actual blood ties. Their pain is my pain.
Please pray for Brian and his family. They are worthy of that.
What is it about this day in January (the 25th as I write) that seems to draw me into melancholy?
I wish I knew. No doubt it's simply coincidence. Then again, the 30th of January is the day of Saudade in Brazil. Note the date on that post.
Yup, 25 January.
Here and here as well. These posts were from the 25th of January as well.
I remember, I mourn, yet I celebrate the memories of those who have gone before, I am richer for having known them.
Rest in peace dear Lori, we won't soon forget you.
Nor those you've left behind in our care.