That being said, back in July 2018, I revealed that I was coming out of a long term relationship and was just starting to get things back on track. It was definitely a rough time for me, but we can put that experience and the lessons learned on the back-burner for another day.
During that time, I was very lucky to get to meet one of my mom's best friends. Funny, my parents had spoke of her many times before, but I thought she was my mom's age, not younger than me! For a month, we texted back and forth before we ever met. Things were so natural when texting, but who knew how things would go in person?
Well, we finally met and we have been almost inseparable since that day. I guess you could say I was awestruck. She was everything I could have dreamed of...smart, hilarious, talented, artistic, creative, compassionate, patient, fun loving, happy, worldly, classy, elegant and beautiful inside and out.
While I could talk more about her MBA, published book, her art that hangs in galleries, or her world travel, what I really want to talk about is her big heart. One day, before I ever knew her, she went out to her back porch and a wounded opossum that had been shot in the back was laying there. She ran it up to the vet and they did surgery, but they told her it could no longer use its back legs so she would have to care for it or they would put it down.
She took it home and took care of it without even thinking about the downsides (and there were many). However, she loved that opossum like she loved the cats she also took in.
Since then, she also brought in a cat that was being neglected by a neighbor. They had the cat for 15 years, but when she found out the cat needed an eye removed, she told the owners and they said she could just keep the cat. Of course, she took care of it and it is thriving despite having poor health. We are fortunate this cat came along because it was fearless and trained Obi to tolerate cats. In fact, Obi (my schnauzer) loves this cat and tolerates the others now.
I don't know who will read this since I don't get the number of hits I did prior to 2017, but if you stumbled upon it, please wish us many sunny days as we move into the future together!
Below are some pics that I think show her personality. It should be mentioned that on our wedding day, there was a butterfly buried in the sand by the incoming tide. I saw it, but thought it was dead. She stopped everything, went over and dug it out of the sand and brushed it off. The pic of her with the butterfly on her chest in the slideshow below is the butterfly that she saved that day. Funny thing is, after she saved the butterfly, it didn't want to leave her.
In so many ways I can relate to that butterfly!