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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pink Memories of Ethlyne and a PINK Shower to love!

This week I lost a very dear friend, Ethlyne, my 94 year-old next door neighbor. She was very special to me, like another granny actually. She had been alone forthe last 40 years, her husband passed away when he was only 55. She has a daughter who lives in NJ, and loved her dearly, and her  son-in-law. We all became friends when I moved into my cute little apartment in Cooperstown. The 3 of us "kids" unbenownst to any, had all attended SUNY Bingmanton in th late 70's. I became a local caregiver," for Ethylne and then a loved one instead. About 4 weeks ago Beth called me from NJ asking me to go over and check her mom as she did not answer the Sunday night phone call which she never misses. On Saturday I had spent the better part of the day trying to coax Ethlyne to let me take her to the hosipital. She had lost so much weight, wasn't able to walk, and appeared very dehydrated. Earlier in the week, a cousin had called to have the police do a well-check on her and she had refused to fo then as well to the hospital. Sure enough, she had fallen, unable to bear her weight, and been injured, nearly unconscious, low heart beat, etc. The next 2 days I spent getting her in the hospital, calling her daughter, and the landlord so everyone knew what had occurred. After 2 weeks she was transferred to hospice and made comfortable. She lived a long life, not always happy, but brought happiness to many. I wrote this poem, as she is being cremated and no services to go to to honor her and let her know how much I cared for her and yes, LOVED her. Dear Lady Ethylne, with this I honor you.

       Ode to Ethylne

Not long enough did I know you -

Even if I knew you from the day

I was born, the days would have

Been still too short for me.

The laughter you brought to my life

Will forever bring tears of happiness

For me, the wisdom of your words

Goes far beyond most, you are a gem.

The light within you shined brighter

Than all the stars at night...

Your dry humor begged forgiveness

Yet it was real as was your candid nature.

How great to have lived the life you had

And blessed with a child and friends

That love you and hold you dear.

I hope you know just how loved...

You are, you are still loved my dear,

Your life lives on in those who care

Enough to reflect on what you brought

To life in an otherwise empty existence.

You did not cajole when it was wrong to do so.

You were honest, direct and forthright.

For that I will always be appreciative.

You could yarn stories with the best of them.

Yet somehow you held self-doubt

You were learned, and self educated

Yet, a true Bohemian spirit, and a friend.

One who expected nothing in return but wanted to give.

You gave me happy memories,

Touched my heart with your own stories

And to hear the story of your love

For your husband... I can only hope...

My dear sweet friend, the Heavens rejoice,

The trumpets blare loud with praise

Surely you are within the Kingdom's door.

As do the Angels, now 'tis time to soar!

Release the anguish and burdened heart

Rejoin the one you love, and know all is well...

We will cherish the time we had together,

No matter long or short, 'tis cherished.

The beauty of your sincerity, wisdom of words

Belongs now to another, mold and shape

A new place for your resting soul, and

Know you are loved for now and evermore.

Poems My Way Valrie 11/19/2010

Perhaps reading it might bring you  solace too for a dear one you have lost. Remember to tell the ones you love that you do love them.

My son's fiance posted this adorable picture today on her Facebook page. It is my PINK for today. Thanks Renee!

                                    I wish I looked like that just before I was about to take a shower!

Don't forget to visit my PINK BUBBLE  here and get 50% 0ff Fridays and Saturday's now until Christmas!

Today will be filled with grading papers from college portfolios for my students, and then writing three of my own and finishing up a powerpoint presentation. In my sparetime I have to take my sick kitty to the Veternarian, go to the bank, send my daughter her Christmas $$$ as she is flying home for THANKSGIVING.

To all my loved ones and followers, I am having a PINK & BLACK Friday sale and a $100 giftbasket giveaway stuffed with so many goodies you'll want ot be sure to enter any time between now and next Friday 11/26/10 12 midnight your time!

It is my MOM's birthday on Thanksgiving and she too has been an angel for over 20 years!

                                                                      Love you MOM!

     Be sure to LINK to Bev's great links for PINK SATURDAYS over at How Sweet The Sound. Every         Saturday she sponsors this for us and she is a blessing to all of us!

                           Have a safe and blessed holiday, eat something PINK!

Finfhing up my coffee then headed out the door to mail a package to the  CANS FOR COOKIES US TROOPS!

I love your comments!


  1. I so enjoy reading your poems. Your friend was a dear one and you were so blessed to have known her. I am sure she is enjoying the company of all Heavens bright shining stars! That is where the real celebrities are! Blessings to you today and always. Anne

  2. Oops.Happy Pink Saturday too! I love that photo! What a cutie in pink! HPS and happy Tyanskgiving day to you too. What a precious one you have in your mom and the birthday rememberance for THANKSgiving! Anne

  3. What a precious story. It sounds as though you are very busy. Take care of yourself.

  4. What a touching post for today. Your little touch of pink put a brighter side to it. You have a way with words. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. She would have been honored if she heard your words.

  5. Happy Pink Saturday my friend, your post is wonderful and I had a special friend like that and she is with the angels now. We were blessed to have that relationship. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. On the question of the butterfly and borrowing, that is done by Karen of Valentine Designs a blog designer so you would have to ask her as she did my design and so I would say not as it isn't created by me. Thanks for asking and her button is on my sidebar so you can contact her as that would be the thing to do. Hugs sweet girl and Pinky ones too! Marilou

  6. Such a touching post today; thank you for sharing it with us.

    Happy PS!
    In Shoes We Trust,
    Maggie Mae @
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

  7. Hi Valrie. I'm Terri from Louisiana. Pink Memories, Pink Tears, Pink Times, Pink Memories, Pink Love all wrapped up in a Pretty Pink Poem! Yes, we've all been there and someone else can definitely relate and use this. Happy PS and Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com


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