“Gratitude Feast”

I went to a “Gratitude Feast” yesterday… for a friend from my childhood…

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

Judi and I used to spend the night… go swimming… play games k3198280 … walking the road… k10202372 to meet each other half-way between our homes…

Her sister and my sister were best friends…

I saw Judi one time after her son was born… and then lost touch…

Life going in different directions for both of us…

A few years back her sister had called mine… and related that Judi had cancer…

Sad news…

She seemed to want her privacy... so, I never was able to see or hear from her…

I have heard the same from all of the friends I talked to…

This was respected and accepted as her wish…

She had become a Yoga Teacher of high esteem…

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training under BKS Iyengar in India… 220px-BKS_Iyengar

With these influences she lived much longer with her cancer than others would have…

She passed December 12th… 

Her Memorial was yesterday…

Songs were sung… “Let Us Gather At The River” and “Amazing Grace”… everyone joining in as one voice...

Words were said from her close friends at the end of her life… a Vegeterian u12600142 and a Southern Meal k18582852 was served… and yummy Fruit Tarts u24857541

A single pale pink rose k19182010was laid in the center of each table with sheets of pretty paper k18963015 to write a memory

Her photo embellished a handout… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We sat with other friends that had grown up with us from our neighborhood… and reminisced… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We visited with her 92-year-old Mother OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, Sisters and other family members

Approximately 200 people participated as a tribute to her inspiration…

Students of hers k21266124were quoted as saying, “She was an inspiring, revered teacher and mentor… dedicated practitioner of lygengar yoga… a person of true courage, deep spirituality, high moral standards and a delightful sense of humor”…

What a wonderful tribute to someone I called “Friend”… k0282400

 

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7 thoughts on ““Gratitude Feast”

  1. Hi Marilyn,

    So very sorry to hear about your friend! It seems that Cancer has taken so many people that have been near and dear to me. It saddens me that yet another person has lost this battle. May your friend Rest in Peace and her memories remain forever etched in your heart!
    My deepest most sympathy,
    Andrea

  2. It is always so sad to hear of a passing of a friend. You expressed it lovely and I loved the beginning with the gratitude saying. My prayers are with you

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