There are times in almost every day when I wish time would speed up just a little. Sometimes it’s because I can’t wait to pick the boys up from school, sometimes it’s because I want Ben to get home from work, sometimes I can’t wait for play time, and there are even times when I can’t wait for bedtime. When you are about to lose someone very close to you, all you want to do is stop time, turn back time, or be granted MORE time… This is how I feel tonight, I just want the gift of time. The woman who I have always considered my second mom is dying of Kidney Cancer. Barb helped raise me from birth to today. She has been my Mom’s best friend since before I was born- 40 years of friendship. They have gone through every facet of life together… Birth, marriage, divorce, faith, loss, happiness, sorrow, sickness and health. I have lived with Barb, she has witnessed all my trials and my successes from skinned knees and strep throat to graduation, marriage and births. She has taught me to laugh, to cry, to be compassionate, and to love. This is a woman who can make you giggle at the drop of a hat and give you advice that will withstand a lifetime- all while feeding you some delicious home baked meal. She is part of who I am and always will be. I wish I could turn back time. I wish my boys had more days with her. I wish she was the one teaching them to make crazy cake and pecan pies. I wish I had recorded her playing footsie with them and smelling their toes. I wish I had more pictures of her with my family. I wish she and Ben had more time to laugh together. I wish she wasn’t dying. I wish this wasn’t real. I wish I had more time. TIME-It’s a crazy thing… I am going to try my hardest to recognize the GIFT OF TIME from this day forward, rather than wishing it to fly. I am going to remember the special time I was granted with Barb and share those memories with my children. I am going to cherish the gift that time truly is!
As for my dearest Barbie, I will always remember the special time you gave me, your love for me and all those close to you, and your timeless spirit. I love you with all my heart… XOXO