Friday, September 5, 2008

One Brave Lady!

Damon's Aunt Pat lost her husband to cancer not quite two years ago. She and her husband lived in Peoria, IL (Pat still does) and in the winters, they'd take off in their truck pulling a large trailer and would be gone most of the winter heading south and avoiding the cold midwest winters. They have done this for years and years. When Al passed away, Pat wasn't sure what she was going to do in the winters. Well, this brave lady sold the big truck and big trailer and bought a smaller RV and a little Chevy cobalt and decided she'd keep on going.

So, Aunt Pat came for a visit a few weeks ago. We had such a wonderful visit. She drove her RV and pulled her little car all the way from Illinois to Washington. She did this alone (except for Hugamee, the cutest, most babied little dog you'll ever meet).

Did I mention she'll be 73 in October?

This trip out west was not without some bumps and bruises (a major car repair that her car dealer better reimburse her for!!!) but the important thing is that she is continuing to live. Yes, she still misses her husband of 52+ years every day and wishes with all her heart he was still with her, but she isn't sitting home wallowing in her sorrow, she's living her life.

Here's to you Aunt Pat. I admire you and I can only hope I'm as brave as you one day! We love you!




7 comments:

annette said...

that is awesome, mara! how fun she came to see you guys!!!

meleea said...

amazing!! i want to be aunt pat when i grow up! love the photo with your family.

Dee said...

What an amazing lady! I want to be an RV momma when I grow silver.

The Pace Posse said...

That is SO cool. I hope I can be like that someday...oh, wait. I hope Myke will be like that someday.

He wants to live to be 128 (to see the year 2100). I'll be LONG gone by then! :)

Mara said...

Heather, Myke cracks me up!!!! I laughed when I read that! He must have been one wild man for new years 1999 to 2000!!!

The Pace Posse said...

If only I could remember what we even did for New Years 1999-2000. Either it was uneventful, or it was so wild that I have no memory of it. I'll go with choice #1. :)

Lee Ann said...

women like this amaze me! right now, being alone in an RV sounds great but I'm sure it wouldn't after a day. :-)