Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Idea Room Photo-a-Day Challenge, September 2013, Days 13 and 14

Day 13 - a friend (September 13th)

Well, this was not a helpful prompt.  I could go several different ways on this, but I've decided to stick with what my first inclination was.....and that was to talk about my friend Kathy.  She and I have been friends for so long...that I honestly don't remember back before we knew each other.  We have been friends though thick and thin....good times and bad.  I suppose that we have gone through almost every situation that friends can go through.  I never tell her enough how much she means to me...and how much I appreciate her.  We are both so busy that we barely have a few short minutes once or twice a month to touch base. doesn't matter.  We pick up right where we left off the last time.  We can't be separated by time and space (she lives in CA and I live in FL)...there is NOTHING on this earth that will keep us from being friends. 

A couple of years ago, she came to Florida for a visit.  We spent lots of time together!  She loves my kids...and they love their Aunt Kathy!  I don't know what I would ever do without her!  I love you, Kathy!  You mean the world to me!

Day 14 - I wish for......   (September 14th)

Today, I wish for a cure for cancer.  I wish that there was never a need for this dumb pink ribbon.  I wish that women didn't have to lose a part of their body...a part of who they are and what makes them a woman.  I wish that I didn't have to mourn the loss of so many of my friends whose lives have been taken by this horrid disease.  I wish I didn't have to mourn the loss of one of them now...someone who is taking her last breaths as I type this.  She has 5 children (her youngest is 3) and a devoted husband.  Her cancer spread to other parts of her body, slowly stealing her life.  She fought valiantly.  Oh God, if we could just take a step back.  If she could have caught it sooner....if they could have tried a different chemo....anything....ANYTHING to change this outcome.

If I were honest, I would tell you that sometimes, I suffer from "survivor's guilt".  Why her?  Why is she dying?  Why have I done so well? 

Just for today, I wish that cancer didn't exist....that we didn't experience so much loss....that children wouldn't have to lose their mothers.

   "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world"


Sue Elvis said...


Thank you for sharing your photos. Special friends are a gift. They share with us and love us and teach us so much. I am very grateful for mine.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend who has cancer. We know deep down God has everything under control but still it's hard. All that pain and suffering which we'd like to take away but can't. Sometimes it's difficult to believe it all has meaning and value. I shall pray.

God bless.

Just Be Real said...

Blessings to you Nancy....