Friday, June 29, 2012

Crooked Creek

One of the strange things about childhood is that we're sure we're going to live forever and ever.

As a child we embrace each day... playing the sun, splashing in the water and making the most of every single day. 

The friends we make can be for a moment, or a lifetime. 

We found out this week that we had lost a childhood friend. Sudden, unexpected, he was there and then he was gone. No one expected this to happen and as I wake each morning, he's my first thought. Even though it's been years since we've seen him, I can hear his voice plainly in my mind. 

The thing about getting older is that we are reminded that life is ticking. Like a big clock our moments here are limited. I can remember quiet moments of my childhood when I would gaze into the distance, thinking thoughts of my future. It's also good to look back along the way and remember those moments of childhood when life was carefree.

As long as I can, I'm going to run down that road with my bestest friends.
James David Hunter July 6, 1950- June 8, 2012

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss, what a lovely tribute.

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    1. Thanks Karen, sometimes you just have to talk about it...

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  2. It's quite sad isn't it to begin losing our friends. I remember my mother always talking about this. You so often share my thoughts and I love this post. How happy it would have made your friend know that you thought of him and remembered your friendship. If we all will be so lucky.....love you Joy!!

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    1. You are so sweet Betsy. We do kind of mirror lives, don't we? Maybe it's the stage we are at in life. I read obits now, what does that say? But it does seem like there are just as many in their 40's as their 80's. Life is short... I love you too!

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  3. It is always so hard when a friend passes. We remember the good old days but are also reminded very loudly of our own mortality.

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    1. David was a very good friend of my husband's. They spent many happy times fishing on Crooked Creek-

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  4. Sorry for your loss....
    Hits close to home when our friends pass away.

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    1. Thanks sweetie, it did hit close to home. I actually read it on Facebook, not the best way to find out something like this.

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  5. i am sorry. it does shake you up, doesn't it?

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    1. It's been a hard week with other family members getting bad news with health related problems.

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I went for my annual check up this week and was commiserating with my doctor. He said one of his college buddies passed recently with a stroke and he was only 41. So sad.

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are right that we don't think about that ticking clock when we are young. In fact, time seems to drag on forever. That sure changes as we get older and we can't get time to slow down.

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    1. Isn't that the truth, years are zipping by now!

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  8. That was a lovely thought provoking post. I'm so sorry that you've lost a friend....
    Grace

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    1. When it comes out of the blue like this, somehow it's harder to face I think.

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  9. Sixty two is so young...however, the lessons you learned will keep you going for a long, long time, Joy!...:)JP

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    1. We've been very lucky to not have lost many classmates so far...

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  10. It's hard to lose a friend, and doubly hard when the loss is sudden. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you'll live every day as you say, and keep running down the road with your best friends!

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    1. Thanks sweetie, that's all we can do... just put one foot in front of the other everyday.

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  11. So sorry for your loss- and a wonderful tribute to your friend.

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    1. Thanks Terri... I just couldn't not mention him. He and my husband were best friends and spent many happy times together those teen years.

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  12. Wise words indeed and thought provoking. So sorry about your friend.

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    1. I can only imagine the pain his family is facing right now, so sudden.

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  13. Sorry for your loss. As we get older we notice more friends and family crossing over and we celebrate their lives and that we were blessed knowing them. As long as my name is not in the paper I celebrate.

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    1. Thanks Nancy and your are right, we celebrate his life and the blessings he brought to ours. I read the obits everyday. Since we take a state paper and we've lived in several town in Arkansas, sometimes I do see a name I recognize. I think more than anything else, I'm noticing the ages...

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