Our hearts are thumpin’

My friend, Lynette, passed on last night.

I wrote about her recently.

We knew it was coming but that doesn’t make it easier.

We’ll miss her.

Her laughter, the kind that fills a room.

Her helpfulness, always willing to lend a hand and befriend those without one.

We always knew when she arrived to a party, her signature, “Whoop whoop!” gave her away.

Come to think of it, she didn’t just liven up a party, she was the party.

I’ll miss her.

Her warmth.  Her hilarity. Her humanity.

The good ones always seem to leave us too soon, don’t they?

So today, I’m grateful for a country drive and the chance to sing along to a favorite song of hers.

Rest in peace, sweet friend.

Hey, where did we go
Days when the rains came?
Down in the hollow
Playing a new game,
Laughing and a-running, hey, hey,
Skipping and a-jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our, our hearts a-thumping
And you, my brown-eyed girl,

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44 thoughts on “Our hearts are thumpin’

  1. Good-byes, no matter how prepared, leave us unprepared. Enjoy the music and the memories and if there be tears, let them flow. I am so sorry that you have had to say good bye to your friend.

    • Thank you, the tears were flowing this morning on my way to meetings – then I had to get it together and such. But, we’re all very sad about the loss. 😦 MJ

  2. sending you a viritual hug (I’m not a big hugger) will write more later- just heading out the door.

  3. Oh, MJ, I’m so sorry to hear this! You’ve had a lot of loss recently, my friend. Love to you and Lynnette’s family!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thank you, sweet pea. Our hearts are heavy and, between the crazy shared stories and memories, the tears are flowing. It’s going to be very boring without her around.

  4. My prayers are with you and all of Lynettes family and friends

  5. This is the first time Morrison brought tears to my eyes. It certainly is a summer of loss. I am so sorry.

    • Yeah, I can’t hear that song without thinking of her, sashaying through a party, drinks in hand, getting everyone up and laughing. That’s how I’ll remember her.
      Thank you, Kate.

  6. I had to catch my breath when I read this this morning. I’m so sorry. Thoughts and prayers to her family, you and her friends and co-workers.

  7. Prayers for healing comfort to all of you touched by Lynnette’s life xoxo

    • Thank you Sandi-girl. I did the only thing I could think to do tonight — I cooked! 2 cheeseballs, a vat of home-made soup, fresh bread from the market, 2 bottles of wine and 4 dozen cookies == all headed to her elderly Mom’s house who, of course, is hosting everyone over the weekend and throughout the visitations, etc. MJ

  8. Roxanne

    I’m sorry to hear this. Too short a life. My deepest sympathies.

  9. Aw….I’m so sorry, MJ. I do remember you writing about your friend. (love that song too!)
    My father-in-law passed away this morning at 5 a.m. So our hearts are thumping too.
    Hugs to you, my friend.

    • Oh Dianna I am so sorry to hear that. He was such a lovely man, and I always enjoyed your posts that featured him. My heart is heavy for you and Motor Man. Please take care … my thoughts and hugs are with you, too.

  10. cooper

    My condolences – far too young to leave. Prayers for you…and her.

  11. Sorry for your loss, MJ.

  12. I’m sorry for your loss Marilyn. She sounds like a great person.

    • Thank you, she was. Talk about living life to the fullest. She walked the walk – helped others, reached out, noticed and cared. She led by example and we are all better for having known her.

  13. One of my favorite songs…

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend, MJ. You’re helping her to live on through your loving tribute to her.

  14. A beautiful soul has joined the universe, leaving us behind… but always close around. My deepest sympathy, MJ. Treasure the memories *hugs*

    • Thank you, that was lovely.
      Tomorrow starts a long few days of tears and memories. But, in that, it’s important to honor her and we will. MJ

  15. My heart hurts for you.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss…so many losses this year. Hugs!

  17. Very sorry to hear this. You’re in my thoughts.

    • Thank you, Leah. The funeral/wake was yesterday — what a day! I’ve never attended a funeral where a microphone was passed around the church to give people a chance to share their memories – and they did! Tears yes, but much more laughter than anything. MJ

  18. Oh MJ I wish I could hug you…I am hugging you in my heart. You have gone through so much this summer…it is so hard to lose our animal family members and to lose a forever friend too so soon is sad. Being a cancer survivor myself, every time we lose a survivor I grieve as they fought a good fight and she was too young…she looked like a beautiful heart…full of fun and life…I lost a friend this week to cancer too…she was diagnosed a few years before me and was doing good…but things turned bad.
    Frankie was truly a doggie angel sent by God to you and your family and now he has gone back to God…he is at peace and you will see him again…he was such a good boy. I share you pain and send you my heart full of love and support…prayers always and lots of hugs from the other MJ or HRCG!

    • Thank you, HRCG, your kind words are so appreciated.

      She was a beautiful soul — here’s a neat story: Friday night, after the 2nd viewing, some family members lit some of those little “sky lanterns” in her memory. Sunday morning, one of her nieces found one in her backyard — 10 miles away. What are the chances? I say “coincidences are just God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

      I know that when I see my Frankie again he will come bounding up to me just like Mr. Golden did 🙂


  19. Very sorry for your loss, but you honored that life well — we should all be so fortunate when our time comes.

  20. Sorry MJ! I know it is hard to say good-bye to dear friends. She sounds wonderful, and amazing. Blessings to you and others who loved and lost. ~ Sheila

    • Thank you, Sheila. She was amazing. It still doesn’t feel real and probably won’t until the next get-together when there’s no distinctive “whoop whoop” heard.

  21. Heck, I’m sorry, girl. I know it’s hard. Now she gets to be with you all the time, unfettered by things like physicality. Peace be with you.

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