“We can have feminist icons, but the real heroines are just quietly doing what is needed” Osyth
Thirty eight years ago when my oldest son started kindergarten, I met a group of women who have become my lifelong friends and companions on this journey of life. One of these women is my dear friend, Ginny.
Ginny was the driving force that made possible these lifelong friendships. When our children were in the eighth grade and soon to go all different high schools, Ginny put together our lunch group. For 30 years we have gotten together once a month to laugh and cry and to keep in touch with each others lives. During those 30 years our group suffered enormous losses. We lost husbands, children and friends. We were the very best medicine for each other. Because after each tragedy, we taught each other the lesson that it was alright to continue to laugh and live. We could not and would not have stayed together except for Ginny. She kept in touch with all of us and made sure that we met once a month to celebrate someone’s birthday. She had many troubles in her life but she always remained optimistic and no matter what was going on in her life would be concerned about my life. She was our fearless and much loved lunch leader.
My dear, brave friend lost her battle to cancer last week. She leaves a hole in my life that cannot be filled. I will forever miss hearing her say, “And how are you honey and where do you think we should meet for lunch.” The following quote from Audrey Hepburn was Ginny’s credo: “THE BEST THING TO HOLD ONTO IN THIS LIFE IS EACH OTHER.”
GINNY YOU ROCK!
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