Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Cure...

Isak Dinesen said that "The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea." Today has been a day for remembering and "curing". We got a call this morning, from our friend Jan's doctor in Florida, that she passed away the other day. Apparently the landlady, where she lives, had not seen her out in a couple of days so she called the police. The police found her in the bathroom. She had fallen and hit her head. We're not sure if the fall killed her or if she had a heart attack. We only hope that she did not suffer and passed quickly.

We had just spent seven weeks with Jan and had last seen her in mid February. We were at Jan's place visiting when I used her computer and found out that we needed to report to our last assignment in North Brunswick, NJ. We went back to our campsite, packed up and left Florida the next day. That was the last time we saw Jan.

Jan was one of the first RV'ing friends we made when we went on the road in 2007. When we started out in our rig we went to Texas and worked at the Escapees Care Center. Jan was staying there and we became friends with her. She had come off the road, after RV'ing for many years in a motorhome. Jan had applied to a housing complex in Florida and was hoping to relocate in the near future. She was so happy when she got the call that they had an opening and that she could now move. We were also happy that she would be on the east coast where it would be easier for us to see her.

Looking back, we are so glad that we got the break in our jobs that allowed us to go to Florida and spend that time with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to sit and watch the birds at the feeder outside her window. When we were down there we gave her a suet cake holder that attached with a suction cup to her window so she could see the birds even closer. We will miss her dearly. We stayed in touch on the phone and by e-mail. In her e-mail, around Easter time, she had asked us if we had bought a new Easter bonnet. Yeah...right. That was Jan.....a great sense of humor and a great friend. Happy trails, Jan !

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