Wednesday, September 24, 2008

J is... for Joy & Jimmy


At first I was going to write about the joy that I felt having won an award at the art show last Thursday, but how would I describe that joy? There were no words other than to say it was THE luckiest day of my life beside my wedding day and my son's birth. I just couldn't believe it happened to me! Still can't. What photograph have I taken that would actually show that joy? That proved to be an impossible task.

Because I had said I wanted my ABC Wednesdays to be more of a personal nature, I pondered some more on my J is... for post this week. Because I had been going with a friends theme, I knew I had my J for this go-round... My J is.. for my friend Jimmy. I first met Jim back in 1976 while working at JCPenney's and it has proven to be one of my longest lasting friendships. We have been friends for over 30 years! Not many folks can say that. We used to have so much fun at work and afterwards back in the day. We still do whenever we get together.

Jim is a plant and flower man. When I went with Genie back to Hawaii, Jim brought me in a bird of paradise flower to adorn my desk at work and in honor of my trip. So he is very thoughtful. I am not a plant person and usually end up killing whatever is given to me. Really I do. Jimmy finds this strange.

I was left JCP before Jimmy did although he did follow me to Gayfer's. He and my friend David were there for me when I was badly burned by my exploding radiator. I will never ever forget them for that period of my life. Although Jimmy kept me out way too late one night at a party when I was still healing, wearing burn cream and gauze, I paid for it the next day by remaining in bed. Jimmy of course aplogized. My mom was mad at him. When our friends Kim and Doug got married, David took me to their wedding, but would not let me stay as long as I wanted to do; certainly not as long as Jimmy and I stayed at the party. I was not happy with David at that moment after being cooped up and felt almost human again at the wedding despite the burn cream and gauze I was wearing underneath my cloths.

Jimmy has always been there for me as I have been for him. This art show really proved that. I still can't believe he and Bob showed up with roses for me and made me cry.

I wish everyone could have a friend like Jim.

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mrsnesbitt said...

Congratulations! A well deserved award! Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

Carletta said...

Such a heartwarming story!

I have a friend I met in my high school math class - he and I have been friends for 40 years!

becky voyles said...

Thanks, Mrs. Nesbitt and thank you for allowing me to share with you all. Thank you Carletta. Old friend really are the best but new ones like you are great too!

Bear Naked said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friend Jimmy.
And I can see the JOY on your face in that photo.
Congratulations on winning your award.

Bear((( )))

richies said...

It's true. People do bring us the greatest joy. They can also cause us the greatest pain, but the letter fro today is "J", so we won't talk about that.

PERBS said...

Beautiful memory! I hope you sent your post or at least the link to him. Nice tribute!

kouji said...

congratulations on the award. :) and on having such good friends.

becky voyles said...

Thank you,thank you, Bear Naked. And I have new visitors! Thanks for stopping by & commenting. I will be checking your blogs out soon... Yes, Perbs, I am sending him the link. I saw him person yesterday and thanked him again. Thank you, Kouji.