Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Searching through my old photographs of when I first purchased the farm, I found this photo of my girlfriend, Jo, and her husband. He is the one on the ground, trying to connect a water line to the hot water heater.
In looking at this photo, it brings to mind several things. First, Lloyd, out of the kindness of his heart or because Jo ask him to do it, is trying to get the hot water connected with no charge to me. After all, that is what friends do for each other.
I remember the day when they met me at the farm before I purchased it. She said, confidently, that I would have this house finished in 3 months. Lloyd stood in the background just shaking his head, "no, no, no". I laugh every time I think of that story. She had plenty of confidence in me, and he realistically knew what lay ahead of me in work.
The other thing that comes to mind when looking at the photo, is the fact that Jo is standing right beside him. The two of them were inseparable. When I asked Jo to go antiquing with me, it would be the three of us that would go. It would also be the three of us when we went out to dinner. Having her as a best friend meant accepting Lloyd as a part of the relationship.
I could call her anytime, day or night, and talk things out with her. Once, when I called, there was an echo sound in the background. I said, "Are you taking a bath?" She answered, "Yes, but I have time to talk." I'm smiling as I write this story. This is the kind of friend she was to me.
My very best girlfriend died unexpectedly in January, six years ago.
The photo brought back so many memories. I knew, then, I wanted to share it with you.
Call your best friend today, and express how important they are in your life.
Jo, I still miss you....