Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Day Gone Askew

Not Quite As Planned

I got a call in the morning that my neighbor had acquired all the paperwork on the application for the concrete batch plant in our neighborhood. This is a development I am opposed to and the papers he had were really important, so as soon as I finished breakfast, I headed over to his house.

While I was there, the Township Councilman who works with him showed up and soon we were all engaged in an interesting discussion of the election and various Township and eventually national political issues.  I ended up there until noon time.

Headed back home for lunch with the intention of eventually going outside to either complete some useful chores or do something with the horses.

Then, I opened my email to find a message from the my dear friend's son-in-law informing people that Dawn was slipping away in the hospital and they were losing hope for her recovery. "Visitors" he noted, "are always welcome."

I needed to go see her and her husband. I called my friend Richard, another choir member, and we thought going together would be the best option.

I fed the Boys, took a shower, changed clothes, and off we went.

Prayers and love to Dawn, her husband Don, and the rest of the family, as things do not look good. I am glad I was able to see her and to give Don some support and comfort. There is, at this point, nothing to do but wait. It is a heartbreaking situation.

This weekend is out church Christmas Vespers service and our choir is slated to perform a number of pieces. Don is our choirmaster and church organist. I have no idea what is going to happen, but I told him he needed to follow his heart and be where he needed to be, not where anyone else might want him to be.  I assured him the choir will be fine and he had to do what was best for him.

I am sad and  wrapped in a sense of loss.  I can't even imagine how Dawn's family must feel.

Sorry my horse blog has drifted so far astray, but sometimes life just has a way of knocking things completely askew. This is one of those times.

Added Saturday morning, 3 AM:
Opened an email after I woke up from falling asleep on the couch. My beloved friend, Dawn, passed away at around 1 AM Saturday morning.  The wait is over and she is at peace.


  1. Part of life, I guess. Glad you can be there for them, I'm sure it means so much.
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  2. So sorry for them, for you. Hugs!

  3. Sorry to report, my friend Dawn passed away early this (Saturday) morning. Her son-in-law emailed us all.

  4. Anonymous9:54 AM

    So sorry to hear about Dawn. Sending good thoughts to her family and friends, including you.

  5. I am so sorry. Sending you my prayers from over the pond.

  6. Sorry to hear your sad news. All you can do now is reach out and offer support to her family, but it sounds as though they already know that you are there for them. Horses are great crying companions.

  7. So sorry to hear your sad news. I'm sure you will be a great comfort to Dawn's family. I know how you feel, we just lost a dear friend of over 30 years on Friday. The sense of great loss is hard to deal with.

    The horses will make you smile and feel better. Go out and give them a hug.