This has been a rough week. Sadly, my dear friend, Lora, passed away unexpectedly on the 24th. Shocked and heartbroken pretty much sums it up. She was so full of life and active and healthy and it just doesn't make a lick of sense. But we've talked about it before and she said that when it was her time to go, she just wanted the good Lord to just take her and he did just that. She was just crouched down in front of the wood stove, starting a fire, and her sweet husband walked in and found her with her chin resting on the top of the wood stove. None of us were ready for her to go, but none of us are ever ready to lose a loved one. She was 3 days shy of her 51st birthday. Remember, she and I and M had just returned from our YeeHaw birthday trip the week before.
Her family put together a wonderful celebration on Tuesday. A dear friend performed the service and another precious friend sang her favorite praise songs. And celebrate we did because Lora deserved to be celebrated and although we weep and mourn, when I think of Lora, I can't help but laugh. After all, M and I did a lot of that when we were all together.
Carpe diem. Seize the day. That pretty much sums up Lora. She fit so much into her day. You've no doubt heard of the type of lady that made Satan say, "Crap. She's up!" when she woke up. M said that was Lora and she was right.
Lora had a heart for her friends and family and the Lord and we're all going to be ok because we know where she is. I've no doubt that she gave the good Lord a good, long, Lora hug because that what she did when she saw you and you had better have your feet firmly planted because she hugged you with all she had. I will miss those hugs.
I went to work on Monday because Grandma Lillian told me to. At 90, Grandma Lillian has learned a few things about life and at 50, I have learned to listen. Lora would fuss if I didn't get out and celebrate life and I don't like it when Lora fusses at me, although she fussed with love. Lora did everything with love and even though she was one of a kind, I wish for you all to have a Lora in your life at some point and time.
She lived life with passion and there was no way I could keep up with her, but that didn't faze her one little bit. She just grabbed a hold of me and drug me behind her and I could always count on it being an adventure.
Lora had a green thumb for flowers and sunflowers were her favorite so I ordered a huge lot of sunflowers to plant along a fence line and along one side of the chicken coop. I treasure your friendship and cherish the memories and I'll never look at a pumpkin without thinking of you.
You are loved and missed sweet friend. Thank you for the blessing of being your friend.