Life has a way of reminding us how fragile and precious it is.
Two days ago one of our best friends arrived from the frigid North and we were so glad to welcome her back to our Florida paradise once again. Linda has been a fixture here forever! You see, HER parents bought a condo here…the condo she still owns. In fact her parents bought it before the building was even completed back in the early 1960’s!
Linda arrived in the afternoon, and I asked her if she had gotten groceries yet, and since she hadn’t made that trip I gave her some of our ever present leftovers from the night before. Leftover steak, mushrooms, mashed potatoes and some fresh green beans to tide her over until yesterday when she could make a trip to the store.
She stopped by again yesterday, asking Peepaw if he would take a look at her TV to get her cable up to speed. It was lunchtime, so I threw on an extra plate for her…and I poured her a glass of iced tea.
We had a great visit, catching up on her life up North. And after lunch Peepaw followed her down to her condo to help her…the way he has helped so many who live in our building.
Last night Peepaw and I went out by ourselves for the evening. We had an AWESOME time..meeting new people and enjoying some amazing food at some new neighborhood places. And this morning we jumped out of bed and headed out for breakfast at one of our favorite diners nearby. It’s a BEAUTIFUL day…a perfect “ragtop” day…a fantastic day to be driving our convertible. The sun was warm and the tropical breeze was cool. A perfect day to enjoy our snowbird life.
As we pulled into our parking spot at our condo, our Northern friend’s son and his wife walked over to meet us. I told them we had spent time with his Mom and how much we loved having her back.
And that’s when life took a turn.
Last night…our friend Linda took a wrong turn in her rental car. She drove into the path of a train and was killed instantly.
Her iced tea glass is still sitting in our kitchen sink.
Yes…life has a way of reminding us how fragile and precious each and every day is. So please join me in a moment of gratitude for everyone who matters to each of us.
May God bless Linda and her family…and may she rest in peace. We will NEVER forget her. And that’s why I know her life mattered…every single day.