Another Friend

Some things on social media make me laugh.

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Other things disgust.

I shake my head in amazement at some things I read.

 

Something I saw last night made me feel very sad. One of my best friends from junior high and high school passed away suddenly.

I haven’t seen this friend in decades.  If my memory serves me correctly (and we all know how THAT goes) the last time I saw her was at her wedding many years ago.

If the condolences expressed can be believed (and I have no reason to doubt them) Barb grew into an even sweeter and kinder woman than she was when last I saw her. Family and friends continue to share how they were touched by her love for God, her family, her church. She put her faith and love in action by serving and ministering to people in her world.

Her Facebook posts were always positive. Many were about Elvis, which always made me smile. She was so proud of her family.

As a junior high and high school student she was nice and fun to be around. I don’t remember ever hearing her gossip or speak unkindly of anyone. She didn’t cause trouble or get in trouble.

There was the one time when the librarian politely asked her and another student to go back to class because there was too much laughter coming from a certain table. Apparently, the aforementioned librarian didn’t think much work was actually being competed. I will defer to your deductive reasoning to ascertain how the author of this blog would know that.

It would have been fun to have gotten together as grown-ups. It seems there might still have been laughter. I know there would have been conversation. Reminiscing about the past and looking forward to what may lie ahead.

I am sad for her family and close friends. There will be a void without her. Holidays will be hard. Days, in general, will be difficult because it appears she was much loved.

In one of her last posts on Facebook, the day before she died, she wrote of Heaven and how she looked so forward to seeing her Mom again.

Although I have not seen her in so long I will miss her!  Please say a prayer for those she leaves behind.

 

9 comments

  1. Lori Flanary (McCasey) says:

    Beautifully said dear friend (as usual). I remember Barb as being one of the nicest gals ever-so sweet and kind to everyone. My thoughts and prayers to her dear family. We were all very lucky to have known her ar one time or another in our life.

    • Cindi says:

      Hey Lor, Thank you. You made a great point about us being fortunate for having known Barb at some point! It just shows what a lasting impression a person can have decades later, doesn’t it? From the comments of her family and friends it sounds like she lived life well! xox

    • Bonny Glodzik McQuillen says:

      Very nicely said, I did not know Barb, she sounded like a very sweet lady. I am saddened to hear of yet another loss to our class. News of her passing reminds me once again there are no guarantees on how much longer we have here, and to pay better attention to what is really important.. R. I. P Barb…

      • Cindi says:

        Thank you Bonny! She was a sweetheart. You are right about no guarantees. Keeping short accounts, enjoying the moments and making sure friends and family know how important they are to me seem to be on my mind a lot. Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad we’re still “friends” after all these years! 🙂

    • Cindi says:

      Thank you, Jill. Me too. Actually last fall when MOMD and I were on a little road trip I had actually thought about seeing if we could meet up with her and her husband. Since she lived in TN and we were in GA at the time it wasn’t exactly like it would just be a small detour but I had thought about it.

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