Sunday, July 5, 2009

The only thing predictable about life is the unpredictability...

................................On May 27, 2007, after a six week battle , we lost Pat to pneumonia and life will never be the same. After 42 years together we changed to me. People keep telling me the sorrow never goes away but does become easier to live with. I believe the first part.

We laid his ashes on the waters he loved. Like those waters, Time moves on whether you're ready or not. You just keep moving with it. No choices there.

My favorite picture of Pat and Gracie shows them working hard at the Oak Harbor Public Market.

Got through the early days with the help of my best friend, Barbara, who put her life and family on hold and flew up from New Orleans to stay with me for a month. Her TLC got me through those first foggy days. She was my angel.

Local dogs went without our treats until August when I went back to the Farmer's Market. Not easily done. Small town and Pat grew up here. He knew everybody, so I got lots of hugs from market goers for many weeks to come. Sometime it hurt. Sometime it helped. Get busy and stay busy was the best advice I heard... so I did.

Pat's Memorial Rock at Cap Sante Boat Haven
There is a quotation by Mark Twain at the bottom of the plaque that reads:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."


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