24 May

My mom had many friends growing up but the two she spoke about the most were Adele and Rolly.  She shared many of her childhood stories of them with me. They were best friends through thick and thin and maintained their friendships well into adulthood (that’s 50+ years of friendship)!  Rolly’s family ended up in Toronto and Adele’s family in California.  She spoke to them by phone and more recently through e-mail.  Since we were in the Detroit area, we visited with Rolly and his family many times, I grew up knowing him and his kids, we even called each other cousins.  I didn’t see Adele quite as much because she was in California, but every time my mom spoke to her (and still speaks to her), they are laughing, crying, sharing memories, and creating new ones.

On April 17th, Rolly went to see a doctor because his skin was turning yellow.  They determined it was a blocked bile duct so they put in a stent.  On May 10th, he went back in complaining of pain.  Last Friday my mom got a call from Rolly’s wife saying that it was serious and it didn’t look good, Saturday my mom was on the phone with her friend Adele crying and reminiscing about their younger years with Rolly.  Sunday morning my mom took a bus to Toronto to see one of her best friends in his hospital room.  They were able to talk and laugh and cry when she arrived Sunday night and by Monday morning, he was gone.  In one short month, he went from vibrant to gone.

It is so hard to share your life for so long with someone and have only memories left, but is it worth it?  Absolutely!  We are made for relationships; to share our struggles and our joys, our heartaches and happiness.  Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.  Through my struggle with cancer, my friends made sure me and my family were taken care of.  They prayed for us, made meals for us, offered to drive my kids to their activities, drive me to my appointments, etc.  Without them, it would have been a lonely walk; they were God’s hands and feet to me during that difficult time.

Cherish the people God has brought into your life and tell them how much they mean to you.  You may not get that ‘later’ or ‘tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll tell them next time’.  I truly believe there is a purpose to every ‘chance’ meeting you have with someone.  Open yourself up and let people in, it’s hard and I’m bad at it (but I’m working on it too).  I can’t say it enough, we are a rushed and virtual society because it’s easy; but take the time to get to know someone and be a friend, it can only make your life richer.  From the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”

Lipstick today is Angel Skin from Chantecaille.  It is a nude color with a hint of pink.  If you’ve read my book you know I’m not that fond of nude so I top it with a Chantecaille gloss called Charm.  I chose Angel Skin for the name; to honor the death of Rolly but also the friends I have who to me are my angels here on earth.  Thank you for your friendship!


6 Responses to “Friendship”

  1. Jo Heroux October 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I’m so, so sorry, my friend. It’s so hard and yet your friends are indeed your strength.
    My condolences and my love and prayers for all of. Rest his soul.

    • Anna October 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks Jo, the man mentioned in the blog passed away last April. My mom’s other best friend Adelle also mentioned in the blog just passed last night. Also suddenly, had a hard time breathing one day, gone a month later. So sad.

  2. Bob Janke October 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Amen, girl. And that is why we are happy to consider you a friend. Off to Ann Arbor Wednesday (10/16) to see our shared Dr. Eisbruch and to find out if my new ENT there is going to do the major rebuild of my esophagus. Someday, we may actually get a chance to see each other again. Love Ya’

    • Anna October 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      Love calling you friend! Prayers for the road ahead, whatever happens next. Love you!

  3. Cristina Jory October 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I may not know you, but I prayed after reading your story and other comments.
    Blessed among who suffer and comfort those who endured pain and never give up! God is always with you and he loves his children so dearly.

    • Anna October 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Thank you!

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