Saturday, June 21, 2014

Blessed by my friends

A week ago today my neighborhood haunt, Homers, organized a benefit concert to help with the unexpected expenses surrounding trying to get a lung transplant. Words will never be able to express how grateful I am to them for taking on this project! They did an awesome job!

A number of different musicians played and some of the baristas that are artists donated art for a silent auction. They raised more than $1,800 to help with expenses. The generosity was overwhelming.

I am so blessed.

I am blesses to have so many great friends and people willing to pull out all the stops to help me.

The event was almost like a going away party. I saw friends from the neighborhood, friends from work and friends from Camp Fire where I volunteered years ago. It was such a great experience to see friends from so many different parts of my life all together.

The music and artwork were awesome.

Honestly, I felt like crying much of the evening but I managed not to do it. I was afraid that if I did, I’d lose it and I wouldn’t be able to stop crying.

There are a lot of things I am looking forward to about moving. I’ll be closer to my brother, sister-in-law and my three young nieces and nephews. I’ll get to share life with them more. Still, I am leaving behind so many friends here.

I suspect it will be very hard to make new friends in Virginia. I won’t have a job that puts me with people. At church you tend to bond with those with whom you have something in common. Being single and sick at 41 isn’t exactly something that fits well into a group.

Homers has been such a Godsend to me since I quit working full time. It is a place to go and work and get out of the same four walls. It was a place where the regulars almost became like co-workers.

Homers isn’t just a business that serves deserts and coffee – it’s a community. I will miss it so very much.

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