An uplifting friendship

judy and dave

WildChild Gallery owner Peggy McTeague and Wounded Warrior Anglers of America Inc. founders Judy and David Souders hold an acrylic painting, which depicts their Original “Redfish Poker” Fishing Championship tournament to be held in May. Raffle tickets will become available during Creative Coast Weekend March 8 at WildChild Gallery for the painting.

There is nothing better than meeting a wonderful friend in the middle of the day to enjoy lunch – such great therapy. Anything and everything that was bothering me before our afternoon date, disappeared by the time we said goodbye and went on with our day. I felt refreshed due to the heartfelt conversations and continuous laughter – it’s incredible what good friends can do for your spirit.Although I know I am truly going to miss Judy once my boyfriend and I depart Florida, the bond we have formed will last a lifetime.

The best thing about this wonderful woman is she always seems to sense when I could use a visit.

Yesterday she lifted my spirits – she made my day – with what she shared when she came walking into the office.

Senator Lizabeth Benacquisto sent Judy and her husband a letter in the mail, which included an article I wrote about their organization Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. (

I was beyond excited when I read what Senator Benacquisto wrote for the simple fact that she learned about this wonderful organization – Wounded Warrior Anglers – through my writing!! I felt honored and touched beyond belief. The smile that spread across my face, still did not give the emotions I was feeling justice.

Senator Benacquisto wrote “Congratulations, I noticed this story in the paper the other day. I thought you might like an extra copy, so one is enclosed.”

A photograph and caption from the article I wrote “Raffle to benefit Wounded Warrior Anglers,” which appeared in the March 6 Pine Island Eagle, was laminated with a gold seal at the top of the page.

senator2She went on to say “It is my honor to represent you in the Florida Senate and as always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to shape a brighter future for Florida. Please feel free to call or e-mail me if there is anything I can do for you.”

I was welcomed into this couple’s life through a function that brought the community together to honor our servicemen and women. When I sat down and talked to Dave he was just kicking off the organization. As time went on I continued to cover all of the functions the Wounded Warrior Anglers held to bring awareness of what they were doing to the community.

The best part of covering what this organization does, is the amazing impact it had, and still has on my life.

Judy and Dave constantly tell me they would not be where they are without the help of my words, my articles. It gives me goose bumps every time Judy shares this with me. Excitement pours out of me every time they share a new accomplishment, or a new adventure they experienced while out in public sharing their organization’s mission.

I am so incredibly proud of how far they have come with their organization and how many wounded warrior and caregiver lives they have touched.

Like I have said in the past, you hope you touch someone with your writing . . . and you hope people read what you write!

What a rewarding career, especially when you meet people who become dear friends.

I have definitely chosen the perfect career for me.


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