Goodbye “Annie”

"Annie"

"Annie"

My spitfire of a hospice patient, Annie, passed this morning.  I can’t believe that I will never again sit in a comfy recliner across from her (in her comfy recliner) discussing life. Ninety-four and mentally sharp to the end, Annie is now free from the physical limitations that couldn’t keep pace with her mind. As of 9:15 AM this morning, Annie is no longer worrying about who will care for her, whether her money will hold out, or who will get her stuff when she is gone.  Annie passed in her own home –  her greatest wish.

Annie questioned the events of her life until the end. She died wondering why people had abandoned her, used her, or abused her.  More than her-fair-share of tragedy conditioned Annie to live for the moment and distrust the motives of those around her. Perhaps that is why Annie threw herself a beautiful and festive farewell party in September (with a lot of help from her friends). She said that she didn’t want to miss the celebration of her life . . . or probably trust anyone else with the details.  It was a gala affair!

Annie had a spirit that could not be squelched.  Despite her weakening body, Annie still tried to enjoy life through a lunch out, a shopping trip, or even a visit to the dentist – ANYTHING that would get her out of her apartment. A month ago, she pushed her caregiver to take her shopping for a new winter coat! Two weeks ago, I took her to a Christmas party.  A fighter and always optimistic, Annie never gave up on living a life.

Thank you for being my friend, Annie. I hope that heaven has blue crab and great margaritas! I will miss you.

Category: Thoughts on Life 6 comments »

6 Responses to “Goodbye “Annie””

  1. Dixie

    What a special friendship. People come into our lives for reasons. I’m sure you learned a lot from ‘Annie’, just as she learned that you are a person to be trusted, counted upon, and worthy of her love.
    A wonderful tribute to Annie, from you.
    Thinking of you.

  2. sue

    Thanks, Dix. I am forever changed because I knew “Annie.”

  3. Sue E.

    Yes, Sue, what a beautiful tribute to Annie. You gave her so much, as she did to you. Thanks for sharing this with us. Your thoughts & writings are so inspiring!

  4. papa

    SUE.. I WAS SO TOUCHED BY YOUR TRIBUTE TO ANNIE. SHE WAS TRULY A SPECIAL LADY. YOU ARE A GIFTED WRITER. YOU HAVE A WAY OF PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER, THAT IN THE END BRING OUT A WARM UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR SUBJECT, AND A LOVE FOR YOU.
    |LOVE YOU MUCH;
    \
    \DAD

  5. sue

    Thanks, Dad. I’m touched by your compliment. :)

  6. Cathy

    YOU ARE AN ANGEL. I AM SO BLESSED BY YOU — THE LOVE YOU SPREAD AND YOUR WRITING! LOVE YOU.


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