Today, she filled a void, a void that I knew was there, but obviously did not comprehend the full extent.
A few days ago, I received a text from Judy, “see you in a few days.” I cannot even begin to share all the emotions that took hold of me at that very moment. Excitement only touches the surface of what I was feeling.
This wonderful woman entered my life almost three years ago unexpected. A bus ride to downtown Fort Myers ignited a beautiful friendship! She was instrumental in getting me through so much, much more than I think she realizes over the past few years.
When I said goodbye before Jason and I moved to Tennessee, it hit me like a brick. I cried as Jason pulled away, which continued down the road. I was going to miss this best friend of mine.
Judy always knew when to pop in the office unannounced, or just lend an ear when I didn’t know I needed someone to listen.
Friends are sometimes hard to find. Good friends are sometimes hard to come by. Judy and I had an instant connection, one that only grows.
Her smile, oh my gosh, Judy’s smile lights up the room. That is one thing I miss the most since moving to Tennessee. All I had to do was see her smile and my whole mood would change. If she started laughing, yep, say goodbye to the bad mood or stress.
Judy has been an incredible friend.
We have kept in touch and talked to each other on the phone, and yes, I could feel the smile coming through the phone . . . the laughter too . . . She definitely helped in getting me through some trying times when I was adjusting to the new life Jason and I made in Tennessee.
I missed this friend of mine.
So, as I got in my car to drive to Johnson City to meet Judy and Dave for dinner, my heart was happy. When I walked into Olive Garden and saw Judy smiling at me, my heart was singing.
It was so good to see her, so good to see her smile. If that wasn’t enough, just to be together once again, her compliment touched me beyond words. To hear, I look the best I ever have, made me smile.
Judy and I being together in the same room talking as we always have, was so overdue. It was nice to soak up that positive energy again.
Dinner was wonderful. I got to spend time with some of the board members of Wounded Warrior Anglers and learn about the continued success of this wonderful organization. An organization that I am honored to be a board member for.
After talking with Dave, I’m even more excited about being involved.
When I lived in Fort Myers I was constantly in the mix of everything that involved WWAnglers. Now living in Tennessee I hear about it over the phone. Tonight over dinner, I felt that connection once again. It felt so good to share ideas. It felt so good to see the expressions and emotions take hold as stories were shared.
I truly felt like I was apart of it all again.
Let the networking begin.
I absolutely loved having friends here. I have to be honest it made me miss Fort Myers.
As we said our goodbyes and I walked away, my eyes became watery. I had to sit for a moment before backing out of the parking spot.
I sure hope I can make it back to Fort Myers soon. I need to see family and friends.
I love you Judy and treasure our friendship.