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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thanks a Million!

I'm baaaaack. Surgery's over. I'm doing fairly well considering I had a tumor the size of a tennis ball removed from my neck. A million thanks to all my pals around the world, across the country and down the block who warmly touched my life with your support and encouragement. What a difference a few heartfelt words of kindness, love and cheer can make to another human being.

As I recuperate, I've been thinking about all the positive energy, good vibes and prayers I received from old and new friends far and near, not to mention cards, flowers, phone calls, tons of email and Facebook good wishes. Without a doubt, it is nice to be remembered...while you're still living.

Several years ago in a different state, I hung out with a bunch of fun and friendly women. One day, one of the gals tearfully announced to our group that she was afraid that nobody would come to her funeral. She sobbed, "I don't want my children to be embarrassed that nobody thinks enough of me to attend my funeral."  Every one of us was quiet for a minute and then we all admitted that we shared the same concern...that very few people would be at our funeral. Sounds like a silly, frivolous, vain thing to fret about...especially since none of us will be around to count mourners...or lack thereof. But I suspect it might be a universal worry that we all secretly brood about from time to time...especially as we get older. Right then and there all 9 of us raised our wine glasses and solemnly pledged to attend each other's funeral...no matter what. One for all and all for one...we swore to be there.

Hate to say it but there's no sweet ending to this little anecdote. Our group disbanded. Most of us moved away and we've lost touch. So much for Pinot Grigio-laced funeral fidelity oaths. On the other hand and we've heard this a million times...it is important to remember people while they're still alive and kicking. I try to do this in my own life...to acknowledge individuals who have blessed my world in countless ways with their kindred spirit, their compassion, true-blue friendship, understanding and unselfish nature. These are the kind of folks who've proven they can be absolutely/positively counted on to be there for you in good times and bad.

It's very easy to take for granted all the good people that come your way. I've been burned several times from people I thought I could and should trust. Haven't we all? But I've learned to discern the phonies from the rock solid. As a result, I appreciate and acknowledge even the smallest act of kindness someone does for me. To be honest, whenever anybody does something nice for the likes of an obnoxious, old fossil like me, I am stunned and deeply grateful. Yet, I was surprised, pleasantly so...by several considerate gestures that came from acquaintances I don't even know all that well. It amazes me that people went out of their way to offer expressions of concern during my medical ordeal. Still, the resounding silence of a few who could not be bothered, thunders painfully.

So now...a toast to you my faithful readers, to my dear friends, beautiful children, my sweet husband, some wonderful cousins, new friends and cherished old pals, thoughtful neighbors and my loving 90 year old mother who called long-distance ceaselessly...I am grateful indeed for your support, prayers, inspiration and good cheer.  Margaritas all around! Sphere: Related Content

16 comments:

Jennifer said...

Glad to hear that you made it through surgery and are on the mend.

Coffeypot said...

I am so happy for you. I assume you can still talk. So jabber away.

Sylvia Weber said...

I was just thinking of you today, and what a wonderful surprise to find your Boomer Pie....you write like you're feeling fairly well, the anesthesia surely didn't affect your most enjoyable comments. I truly enjoy your way with words, you speak from your heart and say what most of us feel but can't put into words as delicately as you have done.I hope your recovery continues to go well, behave and God bless you.

J.P. Travis said...

Glad you made it - I never had a doubt. You've still got too much to say.

Susan said...

Well done! Here's to a short, successful recovery!

Sylvia said...

So glad to hear from you, you've been on my mind and in my prayers. You're writing like you haven't skipped a beat, I so enjoy your way with words. I hope you continue to have a speedy recovery, let your loved ones and friends help you as much as possible, enjoy their loving care and I'll lift my glass to you in celebration of a successful surgery...God bless you.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Get well soon ! Sorry I didn't hear about this until now.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Glad you are on the mend. And now you've reminded me to go call my dad and stepmom.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Great news! Gids' speed in your recovery!

Brenda Grolle said...

I'm glad to hear you're doing well.

I remember the words of my step-great-grandfather who lived to be nearly 101. He said that if people couldn't be bothered to look at him while he was alive, then he didn't want them coming to stare at his body at his funeral. So, per his request, he didn't have one!

Janet said...

Glad you are "feeling the love..." Obviously you are reaping what you have sown!!

Fran said...

Welcome back. Glad it all went well.

Carol............. said...

Positive thoughts to a speedy recovery!

ReformingGeek said...

Cheer!

Gulp.

What a nice post! I'm glad your neck is much smaller now! ;-)

diney said...

So sory - I've been away from blogginh for a month or so during summer and just called round to see you to hear that you've had surgery - you sound back on good form though! It's true that friends and family can so help your recovery by just being kind and, well, just BEING there for you when you feel low. I've had a few big operations in my time and been overwhelmed by the kindness shown. It's lovely that you've experienced that too.

Sue said...

"So much for Pinot Grigio-laced funeral fidelity oaths."

heehee

Thanks for finding my blog, so I could find yours. I'm following.

=)

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