This weekend was filled with a tremendous amount of emotions as we prepare for the start of chemotherapy and radiation on Monday. After a lovely and quite evening at home on Friday, we ventured out Saturday night for a splendid evening of celebration as two of our friends celebrated their 25th anniversary together with a commitment ceremony, only to be topped off by a lovely reception at the Chase Park Plaza…Quite a posh evening for this ‘Mutt and Jeff’ combination…yet we enjoyed the evening immensely and ‘The Little One’ held up well, albeit that we had to duck out a tad early do to fatigue. (why did I not take a picture or two Saturday night?)
One of the things that struck me was the fellowship that we shared with so many friends from the Gateway Men’s Chorus Saturday night…One of the things that I will miss this year will be my involvement with the Chorus. While serving as President these past two years, we have been fortunate to gain so many new friends; it is through our family and friends that we will gain the strength we need to over come this illness. So many well wishes and words of encouragement on Saturday evening left us with a humble heart. While I will miss the Chorus, I know that the Chorus is in good hands with the new Board President and and Board of Directors. I will be rooting for them from the sidelines, just as they are rooting for us as we embark on this journey.
As I thought about the kindness and love that was demonstrated to us Saturday night, I reflected today as we drove to the airport about the meaning of friends and how friends are a precious commodity and should never be taken for granted. Friendships are not like faucets, they can’t just be turned on or off at a moments notice. The true meaning of friendships are those friends who argue,who love, who care, who regret, and who argue all over again, yet accept you for who you are and what you do. Sometimes things happen in life and before you know it, people you cared for… are no longer around. Some you miss more than others, some you know you can call at a moments notice who will be there for you in your time of need.
Often times when a friendship is broken, it’s hard to know what to do or how to fix it. Sometimes a simple sorry is all that is needed, other times more time apart is needed to heal the wounds. Life is to be celebrated; no anger, hostility, resentment…life’s to short to have those feelings, yet our human frailty and ego often stands in the way. Sometimes you just have to let go…
Life can take us all on a different paths, people change, situations change, yet the love of friends, both close and far never fads. On Sunday, ‘The Little One’ headed back to Fort Lauderdale to start our treatments for radiation and chemotherapy. These are truly OUR treatments, we just experience the treatments in a different way. Our friend Tom picked ‘The Little One’ up at the airport…Tom and a host of friends in South Florida are going to keep an eye on ‘The Little One’ this week as we monitor the results of the first week of radiation and chemotherapy.
Monday morning at 10:10 am we start our first round of radiation to be follow with chemotherapy on Tuesday…
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
There is so much that is ahead of us that is unknown; yet what would we do without a friend… What would we do without friends?