The Loss of Another Friend

Jo Ann was one of my friends all through grammar, middle and high school. I was the first to marry. When Jo Ann met her true love, Jim, my hubby and I did a lot of fun things together, going to Knott's Berry Farm (much different than it is today), camping in the middle of the desert, exploring old mines, going to the movies. I was privileged to be a bridesmaid in their wedding.

We went to visit them when they lived in Lancaster and they come to see us in Oxnard. Jo Ann and Jim had three kids, we had five. We didn't see a whole lot of each other until Jim retired and they moved to Cambria. They came here to see us and we went down there and spent a weekend.

As the years passed, Jim began to grow frail in both mind and body. He always remembered us though because of the time we'd spent together in our younger years. He was still handsome with his silver hair and beard, a twinkle in his eye, and his wonderful smile.

Whenever we were over on our way home from the coast, we'd meet Jim and Jo Ann in their favorite restaurant for breakfast. Of course we'd talk about all the good times we'd shared in the past.

I got the call Sunday from Jo Ann to let me know that Jim was no longer frail, he's gone home to be with the Lord.

Of course Jim will live on in our good memories of our younger days together.

Farewell, old friend.

a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


31months said…
Sorry to hear about your loss. We received calls that THREE friends had died! Two were older men, but the third was mych younger and quite a shock.
It's never easy, even when you're prepared. Even harder when you're not.
Lorna Collins

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