Yesterday was a long day for us, Miss Terry more so than me. I got up about 8:30 to learn that she had already been up for a couple of hours, sick to her stomach. And not just queasy, but really, really sick.
With her feeling so bad, I told her It might be best if she stayed home and rested and that I would go to our friend Shar’s memorial service by myself. But Terry loved Shar and insisted on going, saying she hoped she’d get to feeling better once we were on the move. So we drove to the X Diamond guest ranch in the beautiful South Fork Canyon near the small village of Greer. The Little Colorado River winds through the valley and it was one of Jim and Shar’s favorite places. Quite often they’d go there for a weekend, or just to get away for a day. It seemed like the perfect place for a celebration of her life.
Jim had asked me to give a short eulogy for the 60 or so family members and guests. For a guy who makes his living with words, I had no idea what to say, but I told him I would be honored to do so. I’m afraid I got pretty choked up a few times, but I told the people that this wasn’t a time for tears, because Shar was one of the happiest people I have ever known. She wouldn’t want us to be shedding tears over her, but rather to laugh and enjoy the happy memories of our time with her, and as long as we have them, she is still with us. I hope I did her memory justice.
Besides her family and friends, there was nothing Shar loved more than horses, and Wink Crigler, owner of the ranch, had one of the wranglers bring out Shar’s favorite horse, saddled and ready to ride, with a black banner behind the saddle that said “We will miss you.” It was a fitting goodbye to a very special lady who was loved by so many people.
After the folks left we stayed for a while and then drove Jim back to town and spent some time with close friends who had gathered, and we didn’t get home until about 7 p.m. Unfortunately, poor Terry never did get better and was pretty miserable all day long. As soon as we were home she went right to bed, something she never does that early.
I spent an hour to so in the house with Tiffany and her family, but I was so tired that I kept nodding off, and finally I said goodnight and came back to the motorhome to check on Terry, answer some e-mails, and write the blog. Since Terry was asleep and didn’t proofread it, and I was worn out, hopefully there won’t be too many typos in today’s blog.
It was a long emotional day and hopefully a good night’s rest will put Terry on the mend.
Thought For The Day – No matter what their background, job or status in life, everyone deserves your respect.