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Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)
TITLE: Lifelong Friends
By Tammy Jernigan
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As I walk along the street where we live, I realize that we are among some pretty special people. These people have different backgrounds and they are from different places. The reasons that lead them to this street, this community are totally different from ours. I enjoy talking to them whenever possible. We moved here when we got married and we are raising our family here. Our girls are getting older and I realize that our life will be like the lives of these special people someday.
The couple from California is the newest on the street. When we first met them, I felt at home, like Iíve known them forever. They moved here because their son was in the area and they wanted to be closer to him and his family.
The couple around the corner have welcomed their fifth grandbaby this year. They are very busy. We donít talk to them much because even though they have an empty nest, they havenít retired yet, and I know keeping up with all those grandbabies must be hectic, yet fun. You can see it in their faces whenever we do get the chance to visit.
The retired, widowed gentleman next door is like a grandfather to my girls. He is busy going places. He joins his son who visits several times a week in a meal or a game of golf. He has fished quite a bit, but not as much as he used to. I can remember missing one of my girls when she was just four years old. I hurriedly ran outside to locate her when I heard a little voice calling me from the pier next door. She had found Mr. Corbett fishing and decided she would stay awhile. Thank God for Mr. Corbett. We are so blessed that he had been outside that day.
We are losing the precious couple at the end of our street. They sent their last child off to college last month. They are moving to be closer to their sick parents and to be closer to their work. And I realize sometime soon that the house they are living in now will soon be vacate. I wonder about the next family who will soon reside there. What their story will be and what their family will be like.
We have made some special relationships and memories that I know we all will take with us forever. Like Mr. Corbettís sweet, Godly personality, Mrs. Kateís warm smiles, Mr. Joeís love for racing, Mr. Helmís passion for keeping his yard neat and tidy and Mrs. Patís love for flowers. These are just a few things that make living on our street special.
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