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Today, as I’ve been reflecting on my life and the turn it’s taken us, I realized that truly GOOD friends are hard to find. You may find that you have a number of acquaintances, but sit back and really think. How many can you say are actually GOOD friends? I can count on my hands the number of true friends that I have.
Yes, I’ve had MANY that claimed they were. Yes, I’ve been blinded on occasion by those that are there for a fleeting moment in time. They SAY that they will be there, and for awhile they are. Then comes that time when you truly need the shoulder to lean on that you’ve given them, time and again. Then where are they? Yup! Gone. You can’t do any more for them; they’ve simply left you high and dry.
It wasn’t until we needed to move, with nowhere to turn, that I have found just WHO those friends truly were. The answer? It may be a bit of a long story and it’s a story of just ONE.
Back in October, we were in the market to buy a horse. We’d found our first, but were looking for at least 1 or 2 more. We’d searched craigslist for weeks, when we responded to an ad that had a herd of them for sale. We called him, and began to spend time over there with him. Over the course of thetime that we’d spent with our horses, picking up feed that we buy in cooperation with him, and hanging out, we found that we’d connected.
I know, I know… The dreaded Craigslist. I thought the same. “We need to really be careful. You never know who you’re going to meet.” That sentiment couldn’t have been more true. We’d been looking for a “for sale” ad, but at the end of that long road, we’d actually found a friend. A friend who is able to not only accept friendship and help, but able to also reciprocate that friendship and loyalty.
Who would’ve thought?
In Loving Memory
Leo Richard Baroody
August 10, 1937 – January 13, 2016
How does one cope with the loss of a loved one? How do you get past the ache in your heart, or the skip of the heart that reminds you, day after day, that your loved one is not coming back? In January, I lost my father. So far, it has been the absolute WORST feeling I have ever felt in my life. In the days and months preceding his passing, I tried hard to prepare myself. Talk about a fail of EPIC proportions.
October 2015. My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastasized Kidney Cancer. Metastasized means the cancer has spread to other areas. After various blood tests, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRI’s, the doctors determined that it had spread to his lungs. What we didn’t know, and didn’t want to know, was how much time he had left. We didn’t want an expiration date put on him. Human life shouldn’t come with an expiration date.
Being 78 years old, and having been through so much already, he and my mother decided to not pursue any kind of invasive treatments. They decided, together, to simply try to enjoy the time that we had left together. Mom decided that they were going to get out EVERY day, even if just to go for a drive. They took trips to Busch Gardens, went to dinner, visited with family and friends, and spent a few hours here and there at our little ranch. Dad LOVED to watch the kids on their horses. [Read more…]
It was the worst day
The saddest one I ever knew
He fought the battle for his life
Sadly, now it’s through.
The most wonderful man
So brave and so strong
I watched him quickly fade away
Angels must have chosen wrong
The angels that watched
Must’ve made a mistake
With this man I’ve loved so long
Please answer me why, this one, they’d take?
Their choice not quite right
Where’s the joke, I can’t smile
As he faded from sight.
I can’t move. I can’t breathe.
It was the worst day.
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