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Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)
TITLE: Seasons of Life
By Judy Webb
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“I can’t believe that summer is almost over.” said Joanie.
“Me neither,” echoed Lexi, “This has been a wonderful season and I feel alive for the first time in my life. I cannot believe what a difference a twenty pound weight loss and new hair do could do for my disposition.”
Joanie choose her words carefully before adding, “There is much more to your new outlook than your appearance, and you know it. When are you going to admit that finally allowing a few girl friends into your life was just what the doctor ordered?”
Lexi replied, “I know, but it is still hard to confess that I have been my own worst enemy; that my loneliness was self-inflicted. I have always been a loner and I liked it that way. It was safe and comfortable, if not always warm and cozy. Friends, especially girl friends required way too much maintenance.”
Lexi grinned at her friend while remembering a time when she considered Joanie an irritating interruption and not the fabulous friend she was now.
Memories assaulted her mind and filled her thoughts of a time filled with pain and hurt. She felt responsible for the behavior of her family and learned early in life that the easiest route was the course that she traveled all alone! Lexi learned to be very self-sufficient from an early age.
Traveling down memory lane one more time, Lexi could see her father lying on the front lawn, covered with dew from having slept outside all night following a binge.
Lexi’s minds eye conjured up another vision of her mother sprawled on the side of the highway after falling out of the passenger side of the car, too intoxicated to realize that her foot was badly broken. That story made the front page of the small town local newspaper and embarrassed Lexi. From that point on she determined it was much safer to pull away from everyone.
No friends meant no explanations or excuses had to be made. If no one was close enough to know what was happening behind closed doors, then Lexi didn’t have to be ready with a plausible cover-up story.
Pulling her thoughts closer to the present, Lexi remembered how sick she was for a number of months. The constant stomach ache she experienced and the dizziness she endured before finally going to a doctor where she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
That analysis, Lexi acknowledged, was a turning point for her. She found a Christian counselor who was able to work with Lexi teaching her how to dump her troubles, spit them out. Galatians 6:2 became Lexi’s battle cry! “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. “
“Don’t you agree that adding Tess and Lisa was a good idea? Girl friends are important at any age, even if we are all old enough to be grandmothers. It is never too late of find friends to laugh and cry with, not to mention some of the daredevil stunts we have been attempting of late. It is like we are all approaching our second childhood with reckless abandon.”
Lexi responded with a chuckle, “I never would have imagined myself bungee jumping out of a hot air balloon, never mind the little trip we all took to West Virginia and the New River Gorge to run the river in the spring and then the Gauley River in the fall!”
“My grandkids still don’t believe it. I was forced to cough up the picture of us in the rubber raft ‘digging in’ to avoid a bolder in the river,” added Joanie.
“Are we going through a second childhood?” Lexi questioned. “Shouldn’t we be acting our age?”
Joanie choked on the Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte she was nursing before responding, “Give me a break. I am only sixty-one and have just begun to live!”
“Well, winter is almost upon us,” said Joanie. “Do we have to be sidelined by cold, ice and snow?”
Lexi grinned and suggested, “How about taking a winter vacation to Eagle River Wisconsin, the snow mobile capital of the world? Or” she continued, we could begin training for the Iditarod?”
Joanie laughed and said, “Let’s run these ideas past Tess and Lisa. Certainly we can come up with something to challenge and keep us forever young and get us through the winter at the same time.”
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