I have been a part of Blue Monday since 2009. The hostess, Smiling Sally, had a lot of rules we needed to follow to link in. Since I was the dumb blogger on the street, she scared me to death. Comments were very important to her. She never failed to leave you one. Sometimes if you did not return the comment, she would let you know. I finally mastered the rules and have enjoyed each Monday I spent with her since.
She was a very gracious lady and loved her family and friends. She has had so many health issues over the years. I honestly did not think she would make it when she was in the hospital for 70 days. It was after that, we became even closer friends. One day she was going through the cards she had received when hospitalized during that time, and discovered I had sent her the most. She called to tell me what it meant to her and from then own we kept in touch by phone. Sometimes little things mean so very much.
We discussed heart issues as my husband died from congestive heart problems. I could understand and relate to her. I sent a book from my husband's doctor that gave her helpful information. From that time on, we have talked and shared various things. I felt honored she wanted to share her time with me. She also mentioned that one of her friends would continue to keep Blue Monday going.
On Saturday, February 28, her husband, John,(she called him Johnny) called me to say she had a really bad spell that day. Hospice was taking care of her and keeping her pain down.
On Monday, February 29th, I called John to check on the her. She wanted to talk to me. I could tell she was on oxygen and having a hard time talking. Little did I realize, it would be a our last goodbye. I treasure that conversation and will never forget how someone so ill, still took the time to tell you how much you meant to them. Even in her worst days, she had a smile. Those of you she left a comment on the last Blue Monday should feel very grateful. As bad as things were, she was determined to leave each of you one final comment.
To her family and friends may it help you to know that she was a special lady and well respected by everyone. My life is much richer just knowing her via phone. I never had the privilege of meeting her personally. My you find peace and comfort in knowing there are so many of us that truly cared. Now, I must let her go, but never FORGOTTEN.
Her weary hours, days of pain and sleepless nights are past.
God saw she was getting weary, so he did what he knew best.
Before we knew it she was gone to take her rest.
She knew how much family and friends loved her,
But God loved her best.
Rest in Peace, Smiling Sally.