Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A note from Lucille

I spend so much time promoting handwriting and singing the praises of the written word that I had to share this story with you. I just came home from a teaching trip to Chicago and sat down with my cup of tea to open the mail. When I came to this letter, I did not recognize the lettering but stopped to admire the border design.
As I pulled out the contents of the envelope a little note fell out from Mary Grassi, the daughter of my friend Lucille. I have had the pleasure of knowing Lucille through IAMPETH. For years, she was a faithful board member and admired for her playful 'swearing in of officers' at the General Business Meeting. I remembered our last conversation at the convention in Phoenix. She grabbed my hand and showed me the envelope I had sent her in the envelope exchange and apologized for being late in sending hers to me. I didn't know she was struggling with cancer. I had no idea. When her daughter's note spilled out from the envelope with the message that she had found this addressed envelope along with her Mother's note, I was moved to tears!
I can still hear Lucille's voice in my head as I read her words and I can touch her handwriting. A kind message from a kind friend. I am so grateful that I have this letter to cherish along with her memory. Later today I will find the time to thank Mary in writing for this gift. Lucille wrote meaningful words on her note..."life gets in the way of my plans." I know that phrase well and take it to heart during this busy season. Just had to pass on this note with my blog friends to encourage you as you make plans to write. Cherish your friendships! Had to include a shot of the mail I opened along with Lucille's note! I am so grateful for my friendships.


nutcake said...

Hi Heather

Just wanted to say you are so right about cherishing friendships. I'm sure you cherished your friendship with Lucille.

Best wishes

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thank you Hazel. I do miss her!


Joy said...

What a beautiful and moving post, Heather. Thank you for sharing.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thank you Joy!