Tuesday, May 30, 2006

2527 Saying good-bye

Today I said good-bye to my medical student. I'm a volunteer, a "senior partner" for a medical student. Because I'm pretty healthy, he didn't have much to do, but I've enjoyed learning about his studies and activities. He's from Cleveland, is bright, personable and capable, the kind of guy any of us would love to have as a son or a doctor. He says he'll see me again even though my part of the program is over, but hey--I'm not so old that I don't remember that great line of handsome young men.

Another good-bye really is permanent. A friend who'd been in a church study group with us about 10 years ago died suddenly on Saturday. She and her family had just arrived at a restaurant and she went in the rest room, apparently not feeling well, and collapsed and died. When we walked into the funeral home this evening we saw a teen in a dark suit who looked so much like his grandfather it almost took my breath away--and it was confirmed by the old black and white photos posted of her and her sweetheart in his navy uniform. They were married 52 years had 5 children and 12 grandchildren. They will miss her laughter, love and wisdom. But as our pastor has often said, although it was a shock for us, God was not surprised.


Renee Nefe said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend.
We were shocked to hear Sunday that a dear lady at our Church that I talked to very often passed away suddenly on Tuesday. And your Pastor was right, I just pray that my friend Shirley was at Peace.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

i am sorry for your goodbyes. Life is so short and often so tragic.
if one gets to see their grandkids grow up - even a bit - i think that is quite a wonderful thing.