Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My Sunshine

This is my friend Lynne. She has been a mother, friend and a surrogate grandmother to my children. She came by yesterday to meet TK and I just had to get a picture of them. She is my family and a terrific lady.

She is a retired professional photographer and an English major. She is one of those women who is always helping others, very generous and really smart. Lynne currently writes the local Hospice newsletter and gives speeches on the topic of Hospice work.

She is the one that I pulled my hair out to while raising teenagers, introduced me to live theatre, taught me how to budget, brought meals when the kids were not around, took me shopping for clothes, drove me 4hrs to UCSF and 3hrs to UC Davis for doctor appointments and flew to Kauai to be a witness to my marriage. She did all this and so much more!

When we wanted to have a girls day out we would have lunch at "our spot", cruise the book store and hit Starbucks on the way home. She brought out the best in me and is always a great listener. I must move in 19 months and the thought of leaving Lynne is already too much to think about. She will be 2-1/2 hrs away but compared to 5 houses away it seems like another state away.

Within the deeps of her dear eyes
The spirit of the sunshine lies
And when she turns their light on me
The shadows of a lifetime flee
Spring, joy, and love become my part
For she is sunshine in my heart

-Lydia Avery Coonley

I love you my friend and I promise I will write you a poem soon. I need a month or so to over analyze one! TeeHee This one fit for now :)


Chris said...

Isn't a best, long time friend the best thing ever? Women cannot survive with out one. No way. And you may have said this previously, but where and why are you moving? You're leaving that beautiful home?? Say it ain't so!

Darla said...

And they say we can't "pick" our family!! :) I think it is so wonderful to have such a special friend in your life! You know, if you didn't tell me, I would have thought she was related to you! She has that special twinkle in her eyes when she smiles, one that only special people have, that comes through her picture!

Congratulations, Tammy, on the birth of your first grandson! I am so sorry I've been behind on my blog reading! I appreciated the virtual chicken soup! I'm going to go peek at the little guy and read the entries I missed!

Darla ;o)

Tammy said...

Chris, sad but true! Dave sold his house and paid off mine. We found a perfect house near a lake with a view and bought it before it went up in price. Dave retires in 19 months and we will sell mine to pay off new one. He can't retire with a house payment and the new house has land, gardens and more of a pine area:( Still hard!

Also closer to better medical care.

emmapeelDallas said...

She has a wonderful face - all of her goodness shows in her beautiful smile! And look how alert TK is! I love this pic, and I'm glad you have such a wonderful friend.


Ayn said...

We're nodding head, yup yup sparkly eyes and a beauty of a smile! Forever friends stay with you no matter where we live. I know it won't be as convenient as bopping next door. If it were me, I'd have bopped over in jammies and empty cup to fill coffee :) From the way I look at it ... you can still get by with Jammies, some nice calming music, auto pilot, and a thermos! And, better than anything ... Now you can have SLEEPOVERS!!!! YAYYYY Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and wine! Any chance there is a jacuzzi involved??!!


Always our love,
Ayn and all

TJ said...

Your entrys are so beautiful, so honest and sincere. I love your journal. Thank you for my daily read which I think are grand entries.

Gabreael said...

Our spawn was worth every hair shed over him. I am sure yours were/are too.



Sassy said...

Dear Tammy~Thanks for sharing Lynne. I can see why she is such a treasure in your life! Blessings~Deb

ckays1967 said...

I just realized I read this and didn't comment....

it is wonderful to have people such as this...

I miss dancing.

V said...

Another poem coming?

Bon & Mal Mott said...

It's wonderful that you have such a near and dear friend. When you move, please post a picture of the pines.
Bon & Mal