This Blog post is dedicated to my friend JacquelineandMitchell.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson
Yesterday, which happened to be the last day of February, this farm girl was thinking. She thought about a winter full of those difficult challenges that so many people have faced, and are still facing. Challenges, which may be personal, or those created by watching the news or reading the headlines, with its ability to spread negativity and the ensuing bickering. I know of one talented blogger who would have had a field day with those headlines. “A keen sense of humour and kindness will get us through.” This is what the majority of my blogger friends believe here in Blogland.
I was also thinking of all of my fellow Bloggers and how connected we become with the love, admiration, and the respect we have for each other. This post is for one woman named Jacquelineand Mitchell who wrote (Cranky Bar) and formerly (Cheapstake Blethering). She had a keen sense of humour and was not afraid to use it. Unfortunately for the world, she passed away on February 6, 2017.
I had a tough time with this one, and found it very difficult to write about but Jacqueline deserves to be remembered. At first, I thought it was “Fake News, (Jacqueline would get that) but this was very true. She was such a fighter but it was still true. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side, after a long fought battle but finally, complications from a stroke took her away. Our friend Jacqueline was a woman who lived with many challenges but my, oh my, was she funny. She could find the humour in any situation she had been thrown into.
Jacqueline was a kind and generous soul. We had established a deeper friendship through email and Facebook. As many of you know, I do make hats and I like to give them to the people that I love, and people I think need a hat once wore by a cow. Well, Jacqueline gave me her favourite colour choices and I indeed made her that hat. I attached a Canadian flag pin to the front.
Jacqueline wore that hat to the mall, and being a writer she had to write about it. She was amazed that so many people were nice to her as she wheeled around in her wheelchair. Apparently, this was not always the case, which I have to say was sad for me to hear. I told her it was because of the Canadian flag I had pinned on the front and she agreed that may have been right. Well, someone came up to her and said she would pray for her. That was when Jacqueline (who had cut off her hair to manage it better) realized this woman most likely thought she was going through chemo treatments. The knitted hat was a good fit but it did cover most of her head. That was the kind of woman Jacqueline was; no matter her struggles and there were many, she had a sense of humour. It may have seemed a strange sense of humour to some, but it was real and genuine.
When my granddaughter Little Miss was born Jacqueline started to write a children’s book for her. It was about a magical world where old teachers of Jacqueline’s were given interesting silly names. Jacqueline did the illustrations herself. It would have been a best seller, I have no doubt. We will never know. Jacqueline was an amazing writer as those who followed her knew. I am going to miss her and her encouraging comments on everyone’s blogs.
Most of all, I am going to miss this woman who had a wicked sense of humour and always shared that with all of us. She made the day for many who struggled. She was the best at that and she certainly knew what struggles were.
We will miss you Jacqueline, my dear friend. Every day I will remember how you made it through. Humour is the secret. I can imagine the stories your clever mind would turn out from these photo prompts. This is for you Jacqueline you are loved and will be missed.
To Jacqueline's family, and especially her daughter “The Kidling” and her own Mom; Know, that she was one of a kind, and was loved by all out here in Blogland, and she will Never be forgotten. Xo Hugs B