Saying Goodbye is Difficult...
Saying goodbye is hard, especially at the end of someone’s life. My aunt, Janice wasn’t someone I saw often. She lived clear across the country but she’d always write to me, at least at Christmas. Her cards were filled with a wonderful note telling me about our family history and what was going on in her life. And what a life it was! She was an adventurer like her parents. Janice traveled the world. Because of her visits to Romania and Ukraine, our family was able to learn more about our family tree. She met with other decedents of our common ancestors and brought back not just important information but also photos and stories.
Janice was a closet author. She wrote stories and writeups for her local senior center newsletter, telling stories about her early life. Janice grew up as the oldest of three children in a small Lorain, Ohio neighborhood. If we asked her siblings, they would probably tell tales of her bossiness but also her love of animals. Her looks mirrored her mother’s. She had her same dark hair and mischievous smile. Janice loved her three daughters and grandchildren. She shared photos of them when they were small and proudly spoke of them whenever she’d write or call.
The love of her life, Gregor, enjoyed traveling with her as well as world events and culture. With Gregor’s passing, Janice continued her traveling life with friends, although a little closer to home. She loved traveling with her companions at the senior center, from visits to museums to lunch spots in California.
In recent months her health had declined. She had been receiving treatment for invasive cancer which has spread throughout her body. While her smile remained, she had been forced to give up traveling.
With her passing, she is once more reunited with Gregor and her parents and no longer suffering.
We say goodbye but I imagine her free of pain and enjoying her wings.
Do you remember your first love? I do. He was my childhood friend. We spent a lot of time together growing up. One day in middle school, my feelings changed and I couldn't stop thinking of him. Tracey was my first love and first kiss. But most of all, he was my friend. Throughout my adult life, Tracey and I would talk or get together and recall those early summer days.
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Can a girl from Sunset Pines Trailer Park really hack it at Halton Prep? How hard can it be?
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Lucky would do anything to keep her father out of jail, but going to Halton Prep for her senior year? Didn’t the judge know kids from the trailer park NEVER step foot into that ‘Richy-Rich’ school? But her choice wasn’t hard. It’s agree to go or her dad spends time behind bars.
Whatever. Lucky will do anything to protect her father. She’ll compromise for his sake, but Halton Prep’s dress code isn’t all Lucky must deal with.
One hot footballer, Whit Graham has claimed Lucky as his and tries his best to become her only guy. Anyone who gets in his way might need a little friendly reminder, even if they are a star cross country athlete. But Hudson Preston isn’t intimidated by the mighty Whit Graham, or his Hellcat Crew. He doesn’t abide by anyone’s stupid bro-code and sets his sights on Lucky.
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Hudson’s phone chimed with a notification. He swiped his screen and saw Whit’s name in his inbox.
Whit: Dude, you know I’m dating her, wtf?
Hudson smirked as he hit send. God, he was asking for it, but he couldn’t resist the smart-ass reply. Hell, maybe it was time for someone to stand up to the mighty Whit Graham.
Whit took Lucky home and got back to his house, he flopped down on his bed and picked up his phone. He sent Hudson a message.
Whit: She’s mine.
Whit: Back off, man.
Hudson: Not going to happen.
Whit gritted his teeth. He looked up at the ceiling of his bedroom. This guy was not going to back off. Then, Whit laughed. Hell, he could almost respect Hudson for that—almost.
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