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Letting Go

We are trying to let go of a political dream right now and
the old homily about giving someone enough rope and they
will hang themselves comes to mind. I hope it is sooner rather than later, before too much damage is done.

On a personal level, I am losing my best friend in all the
world. We have been friends for forty years and have seen
our children become grandparents. Her daughter called me
in tears and said that June could no longer talk because
she was so weak. She has been in a nursing home for
about four years for dementia but she never forgot me or
her children.

June had a big life. She was born into a family of twelve
children with an alcoholic father. She was married at
sixteen but managed to go to college, get a teaching degree and then a masters degree in counseling. She took some of
her coursework at the University of Hawaii. She coached
highschool basket ball for a year because that was something that she always wanted to do. She got a degree
in nursing and then later a masters degree so that she
could teach nursing in college and her last job was as
director of nursing at one of our state colleges.

June managed to raise three exceptional children. She
was blessed with an infectious sense of fun. She taught
herself to play the guitar and I can see her in my mind
playing and singing Greensleeves.

In her seventies, after she retired, she ran for city
Council and won. She told me once that her gift was
her ability to teach and inspire students.

She always said of our friendship that a joy shared was
a joy doubled and a sorrow shared was a sorrow halved.
I am having trouble with letting go but it is time. June
is almost 92 and her heart is giving out. I will miss
my dear friend but I am richer for having had her in my life.

posted on Jan 22, 2017 6:36 AM ()


She sounds like one of those people who spent her time wisely. Just amazing.
comment by drmaus on Jan 24, 2017 5:57 PM ()
There was nothing that she wouldn't project too daunting and
at the same time she was the funniest person I have ever known. I will
miss the laughter most of all.
reply by elderjane on Jan 27, 2017 3:59 PM ()
That's a tough one. I've only recently gotten to the age where people are dropping at a faster rate. I have one buddy who I know since the first year of HS and we compare ourselves to Jefferson and Adams. They both died on the same day "Adams lives" was one of Jefferson's last words but he they didn't have instant communication as we do. Anyway, I guess you get the point. ♥
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 22, 2017 8:53 AM ()
I always thought it was so strange that Jefferson and Adams died on the
same day. It is so good to have a friend who is with you through thick
and thin. Before she had to go to the nursing home, June would come and
stay a few days with me and I will always miss that.
reply by elderjane on Jan 22, 2017 9:29 AM ()
Oh Jeri... that sucks. I'm sorry for your loss!!!
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 22, 2017 6:39 AM ()
Thank you for understanding. I saw your picture at the March. I am so
proud of you!!
reply by elderjane on Jan 22, 2017 9:31 AM ()

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