I got the sad news that one of the ladies I visited at the nursing home to do crafts with has passed. Over the years, I have gotten the opportunity to work with a variety of people of all ages and walks of life. I have seen light, creativity, and humor. I have shared, but am humble enough to realize how much has been shared with me. I have taken away as much as I have given, if not received more over the years. This friend was among the true gems and the inspiration behind our little gathering (often in the a room used a beauty parlor or the conference room). She brought along her humor, her unique perception of people, as well shared some of her own knowledge and projects with us. Despite failing health and complications she was determined to live life on her own terms, something that I admired and drove some nutty. (She had great appreciation for that ability.) With her out spoken nature, she never failed to let someone know how she truly felt about them. To our group she added her own creativity, her own desire to take on new things, her sense of humor and wit, as well as her own heart. It can be easy for people to see the gruffness of a person's exterior, but too often people overlook the heart that is there as well. She was one of these special people, full of heart, but unbashful in her approach to life. It's a rare and refreshing combination, that will be missed.
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