A reader shares the story of how friends and family stepped in during her time of need.
My life has been filled with many good things — and still is today. I had a great marriage, a terrific family, and a job I loved. I truly couldn’t have asked for more. My husband and I were happily married for more than a quarter of a century, until he passed away, leaving me to cope with life on my own. Because my husband, as well as my family and friends, helped mold me into a strong person, I was able to move on with my life without him. Of course, I did have help from friends and family, and I’m forever grateful that they were there for me in my time of need.
My son, who had a growing family of his own at the time, was there for me whenever I needed anything. He, too, was hurting, and he stopped by several times a week to make sure I was OK.
Friends rallied and helped as only good friends can. Because I was afraid to stay alone, my neighbor, whom I had been friends with for more than 20 years, let me sleep at her house for several weeks after I lost my husband. I would get ready for bed, gather my pillow and walk over to her house each night about 10 o’clock. Once there, I would watch the news with her and her husband, and then we would all retire for the night. The next morning, I would walk home and begin my day. Only the best of friends would have done that — and she is still that kind of friend.
Now, here I am in the late days of my life. I have the love and adoration of a son, a grandson and friends, some whom I’ve been friends with for more than four decades.
I’ve learned to treasure all the good things — and people — I’ve had in my long life. Yes, indeed, my cup does runneth over.
San Antonio, Texas
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