One day down . . .

One day down . . .

One day down . . . . hard to say how many more to go.

So far today no tears have been shed. This alone is a huge accomplishment. Yes, I’m a very emotional person, so when you add a an experience like yesterday into the mix . . . well . . .

For no reason at all, and at the most bizarre moments, tears fell freely yesterday.

They started because of text messages exchanged between friends and family, Facebook comments from friends sharing their experiences or simply just looking at one of my favorite photographs of Jason and I. Those tears made sense.

The trip to the bank, on the other hand, took me by surprise.

Yesterday after leaving the bank, I was driving down the road, a road I travel quite frequently, when all of a sudden they started falling. Within a couple of minutes the tears stopped, although the thoughts about Jason and I carried on.

Jason and I

The best part about my day was when Jason made it to Fort Myers and the text messages were being exchanged more frequently. He was so good about calling or sending me a text message every time he stopped letting me know where he was, how he was doing and how much further he had to go.

Although I knew he was going to be okay on the drive, it’s my nature to worry. So when I got the text that he is now in his parents driveway, the weight on my shoulders, which I didn’t know existed, became lighter.

There were a string of text messages that had me laughing out loud when he started explaining why he couldn’t fall asleep. I could hear him, I could sense the laughter as he was typing the words. The best part about these messages is they appeared right before a board meeting I had to cover last night. Those messages lifted my spirits, giving me the strength to smile and put my emotions on hold for the duration of the meeting.

From that point on I felt my mood change. I felt a little lighter. Jason did it once again and he’s hundreds of miles away. Jason lifted my spirits. With those simple goofy texts he reminded me that we are going to be okay. I still have the love, support and humor of a man . . . I just don’t have him right next to me.

After I returned from my meeting, before going to bed, my breathing and mood returned to its normal state. I talked to Jason. I heard his voice, his reassurance, his love.

I had to share how much of an impact that phone call had on me, so I took a picture of Lucy, my puppy and I, and sent it to Jason. My smile was genuine, big as always, to show Jason we will get through this.

I didn’t cry myself to sleep, like I did that morning after he left.

Before I drifted to sleep on his side of the bed, I remember my thoughts turning from how much I miss him already, to this is only temporary, we will be together soon.

This morning I woke to a text message from Jason sharing his thoughts on the picture I sent, which were followed by more messages and a phone call. Yep, hearing his voice put me on track . . . I already finished a few articles this morning and turned them into my editor.

When you share the kind of love and support that Jason and I share, you can overcome any obstacle you are faced with.

My spirits are high, which I know is giving Jason the positive energy he needs to accomplish our plans and goals.


Here are the two blogs that explain how we got to this point . . .

An extremely hard decision: March 6, 2015 : https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/an-extremely-hard-decision/

 

Flowing freely: March 9, 2015: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/flowing-freely/

A smile that lights up the room

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.

Continuous laughter

I love having surprise visits while I am at work … thanks Judy.

Judy has left an everlasting impression on me, which only grows every day.

As we sat there catching up, my face began hurting as she shared one comical story after another. Her famous one, two liner comments that make me burst out in laughter also added to the sore face muscles.

My day is always brightened when I am blessed with her presence.

I love how laughter fills the space between and around us when we catch up on each others life. What a great way to brighten the day.

Some people you instantly click with …

Judy has been the topic of many of my blogs because of the wonderful friendship that we share. This woman is incredibly supportive in everything I share and do. Her excitement sometimes doubles what is already flowing out of me.

There is a reason why people cross your path …

Judy has been such a huge part of the journey my boyfriend and I have decided to take since she knows the Johnson City area, which is where we will be calling home in the very near future. It is so much fun to talk about a place she knows … a place we are going to explore.

Thank you for such a beautiful friendship, thank you for your continuous support and excitement. You are a joy to be around Judy! 

Beautiful friendship

Today while I was out at one of the many events I had to cover for work, I ran into an incredible woman who has touched my life in so many ways. My day is always uplifted when we happen to be at the same event because of the instant smile she shares when I come into her view.

As Judy and I stood there and caught up on each other’s life, the laughter, smiles and hugs were endless. A couple goose bump moments were also had because of the depth of our conversation. As we stood shoulder to shoulder we reminisced about the journey our friendship has taken in such a short amount of time, which continued to bring more smiles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA bus ride from Matlacha to downtown Fort Myers started an incredible friendship that constantly blossoms as we share more stories of our lives – now and from the past. It’s amazing how a friendship was started all because I caught a ride to cover a meeting about a local restaurant in Matlacha. I never expected to be so touched by someone I met while on an assignment for work.

This woman has a heart of gold and a smile that brightens any room. She has such a positive outlook on life and always has a great story or joke to warm your heart making you smile.

Although some people come and go throughout a lifetime, I know this friendship will remain constant no matter where our future takes us.

Thank you for always bringing so much joy to my life and being such a huge supporter of my journalism journey. That, my “special” friend, means more than the world to me.

Friendships . . . they bring so much joy into your life . . .

I believe certain people are brought into your life for a reason. Judy and her husband Dave have shown me so much as they bring me on their incredible journey as they grow and expand their non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Anglers. My life has definitely been enriched because of their friendship.