|So many pictures of our kids, so few of us|
Cathy and I turned out to be pretty compatible and we spent a lot of time together. As a new mom and someone who was uprooted from her own mom, I needed someone to be sort of my mommy mentor-someone who could coach me through that first little guy and subsequent babies. This was not a deliberate thought, but is indeed was what happened. She was that and became so so so much more. Cathy was generous with her home, her time, her tea and her heart. For many many years we were inseparable.
|Our spot to survey the action on Schnurs Lake|
|Cathy assisting Erin|
So many many stories come flooding back to me. Cathy was a person who always expected the best out of others and herself. She truly was one of the most intelligent people that I ever met and - she had the most college credits ever to boot. Lol. It took persistence as life seemed to interrupt her as she was getting that teaching degree. But she did it! I can not begin to imagine how much of my knowledge of a whole range of things is because I was around while she was studying.
|And this happened :)|
|Giving rides at the land - Greg is up and probably jon behind? Maybe Erin|
|Intense discussion apparently|
We found Jac at a riding stable in Mercer- he was 14 years old, calm and had a really good little canter. We brought him back to Cathy and Ed's place and got everyone all settled in- and we headed over to Busby's house. So, within an hour we got a phone call that the horses were out and we spent a long LONG time finding them- the lead mare had driven Jac through the fence and off he went with the others apparently merrily following.
|Cathy took this picture, but this is exactly the sort of thing she easily orchestrated all . the. time.|
Jacpot came into our life when the kids were a little older and so I spent a lot of time with Cathy in their old truck heading down to Fifield to feed the horses. I learned lessons in patience, persistence and I acquired so much information about riding, horse nutrition, bridling and saddling, and life. We had each other to sound off to, to listen to and to comfort and console over the big things and the small.
|Jon and Erin on Breezer|
|I believe this was the day Jon figured out he was allergic to horses. Nice job of driving, Miss Erin!|
|At Cathy's retirement party|
I just sat at that kitchen table a few weeks ago..... it felt like old times. As fate would have it I had to drive by their in-town house to get to the post office because of road construction. I saw Cath out on the porch talking with someone and I knew that I would be stopping on my way back through. We went into the house and had tea for what would be the very last time. We talked about all sorts of things, some related to her cancer, much of it not. I was a few days out from my trip and when she talked it sounded like she still had lots of time. She was anticipating the girls being home in August and was figuring out who she should get to come and do some repairs to the lake house... We had laughs over some private jokes we shared and some quiet moments over the unknown. We exchanged several hugs as I was leaving and made tentative plans for when I returned.
Hold your friends and family close- they are the true joys of life.