A Weight Lifted


The last game night I shared with my dear friends was a very special one especially as the night turned into the wee hours of the morning.  09-12-08.  How fitting that Emily’s passing would occur 7 years after the country picked itself up a day after what will undoubtedly be seen as one of the worst (if not the worst) tragedies to befall this country.  09-12-01, Emily spearheaded a campaign to send supplies overseas to our men and women.  A campaign which is still going on today.  Shortly after midnight on 09-12-09, I mentioned that this was the anniversary of my mentor’s passing.  I felt a heavy weight upon my shoulders.  Lisa told Megan, Chris, and I to form a circle around the kitchen island and join hands.  Chris then said a short word of prayer that lifted the weight right off my shoulders.  My three best friends.

Strangely on Tuesday, word had spread that Patrick Swayze had lost his battle with cancer.  This fell on the anniversary of Emily’s burial.  Oddly enough, I was never a huge fan of Mr. Swayze’s work.  Having a younger sister who enjoyed nothing more than to watch Dirty Dancing ad nauseum kind of turned me off of his acting ability.   The first time I watched the movie, I actually kind of enjoyed it, but it got old really fast.  I did, however, enjoy Ghost (Yes, I admit it… I’m a softie).  However, anyone who can bravely battle a terminal disease under the limelight and battle constant tabloid bombardment is worthy of some praise.

Thanks again 😀

4 thoughts on “A Weight Lifted”

  1. Glad we were able to lift you up. God is amazing! I so wish I could have gotten to know Emily. Anyone who had such an impact on your life must have been wonderful.

  2. GOT IT! Was trying to get that in there somewhere, but glad someone did. Very appropriate. We sang Unchained Melody in choir my senior year so it was not like Emily was not a fan either.

  3. Just as you both have impacted me. And I’m sure she knows you well enough by now. She told me once that she wished that she could have met you two as well but under the circumstances… Just as you both have impacted me

    It’s amazing. The love inside, you take it with you.

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