It seems like time flies by so fast
and there is so much that I take for granted
things that I put off until tomorrow
not thinking that tomorrow may be too late
I used to be pretty good at just doing it
going out there and doing it at the time
but I think living with
has rubbed off on me a bit
I used to always seemed to know when a visit or phone call
was in order
a keen sense but unfortunately that did not happen for me this time...
at the tender age of 17 I went to work part time
at a department store
I worked my way up the ladder ~ became a supervisor
and then a manager in my 17 year career with them
being always one of the "young ones"
plopped into the Bedding & Drapery department
I was surrounded with a group of women
my other mothers that taught me so much
there are not many of them left
old age took some
diseases like the dreaded "c" word took others
too soon ~ way too soon
an offshoot of the drapery department
was our "Shop at Home"
custom made blinds and draperies
and we did a booming business
with a sales person on the road, an installer
and 2 of us in the office to keep the orders flowing
Phyllis and I became close
she treated me like a daughter
we shared secrets, hopes and dreams
and on Friday nights
a beer or two at the local tavern
they were the best of times.
We kept in contact ~ not see you once a month close
but dwindled down to once a year
and then cards ~ she never ever forgot my birthday...
every Christmas I would set her card aside saying
I am going to hand deliver it this year
then life happened ~ I got busy
and dropped it in the mail ~ always with the promise
that I will see you soon
it's been 4 years since I hand delivered her card
and now it breaks my heart in 2
I will see her tomorrow for the last time
amidst her family and friends
and I will say goodbye to a special lady
who will live in my heart forever.