Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Away for a bit - time to grieve

for my friend, Lonnie

January 3, 1951 - December 10, 2007

His journey here on earth is over now and I am struggling to accept it.

Was he put here for a single moment? Will his actions change anything in this world?

He helped where and when needed, he planted gardens, he worked hard for this to be a better place even when he was so tired.

He offered love where it was needed and caring where it was lacking. He tended the earth and it's creatures with quiet humility.

He left this world a little warmer, a little kinder, and a little richer in love. His time here was far too brief.

He was quite possibly, the most humble and kindest person I have ever met.

It is my honor and privilege to say I knew him and to be able call him my friend.

Lonnie, you will be missed - more than words can say.


Noel said...

Grace, I'm so sorry you lost such a dear friend but know that he is in a better place watching over all his family and friends.

Hélène H said...

Oh Grace I feel so sorry for you. He seemed to be such a good person. I send you hugs across the ocean.

Christina said...

Oh Grace, my condolences to you at this very sad time. Your tribute to Lonnie makes me wish that I had known him too. I'm sure that he would be pleased that his life is celebrated and appreciated by you, his dear friend.

freebird said...

Your tribute to your friend made me wish I'd known him too! Sounds like he put a lot of living in the time he had.

tangled stitch said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. He sounded like a wonderful soul. Prayers and blessings for you and his family.

KV said...

Please know that you are in my thoughts, Grace. Your fond memories of this dear friend are a great testament to him.

Kathy V in NM

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Grace, what a beautiful tribute you have made to your friend, Lonnie. Thank you for sharing your friendship with Lonnie here on your blog, his beauty will carry on in the hearts of many. I'm touched by your closeness, a friend is the greatest treasure in the world. ~Monica

Maggie R said...

Dear Grace,,
So sorry to hear you lost such a good friend. It reminds me of a line I heard once, It isn't what you do or say in life but how you made people feel. Looks like Lonnie is at the top of the list in that respect.... Not often one is priviledged to have a frien like that.

Grace said...

Thank you so much for your heartfelt notes, I truly appreciate it. It has been a tough time, but I'm doing my best to hold on to the wonderful memories.

Don't forget to hug those close to you and let them know they make a difference.

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman