Monday, February 9, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute

Friend (frend)
1. a person whom one knows well and is fond of; intimate associate; close acquaintance. 2. a person on the same side in a struggle; one who is not an enemy or foe; ally. 3. a supporter or sympathizer; a friend of labor. 4. something thought of as like a friend in being helpful, reliable, etc.

This is Webster's definition of a friend. This week's Tribute goes out to a very dear and beloved friend of ours. Georgia is one of the sweetest, kindest and most reliable people you could ever meet. I think Webster leaves a few intangible qualities out, but that's ok. Georgia has them, so we have them on record. She has a quiet demeanor about her, but I have found over the years that her gentle nature is more an act of information gathering rather than a reclusiveness, because when she has something to say it is usually profound and very well thought out. I have also found that Georgia's contemplative nature is in part a mystical, meditative dance choreographed between her and her surroundings. I have observed her standing on the deck of a villa in St. John overlooking Cinnamon Bay and saying nothing, just taking in all the majestic wonders that nature has to offer and that God has put on this earth for us to see, love and enjoy. She is one of the few who really take the time to slow down and notice these wonders and appreciate them.

Within the last three months, two of those majestic wonders God giveth, he has also taken back. Right before Thanksgiving Georgia lost her father somewhat unexpectedly. Then, just this past week she lost her best friend and beloved sister, Robyn. She had battled breast cancer for the last 13 years with the fierceness of a lion, but lost that battle as the insidious disease metastasized throughout her body.
Georgia called us herself with the news. She was steeled and strong, although I knew that inside she was beyond pain and grief. Colleen and I decided to dedicate this Tribute Tuesday to Georgia for the tremendous courage and strength she has exhibited through such incredible sorrow and adversity. I cannot begin to imagine how she feels. I can tell her we love her. If either one of us could shoulder your pain or grief we would gladly do so to give you a bit of reprieve. We pray that you find comfort in God's hands and that in time your pain will lessen and in its place grow into a flower of all the beautiful memories you shared. God Bless you our FRIEND. Many hugs from all in the Elggren home.

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.


Deb said...

tony, what a beautiful tribute to an obviously amazing woman. i am sorry to hear about the pain she has had to endure, but i am sure she appreciates the comforting words!

Brenda said...

How wonderful to have a friend like that.

Annie said...

You're a great friend.God bless you both!

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

She sounds lovely and strong and I am so sorry that she is going through these hardships. What a beautiful tribute to your friend.

Halftime Lessons said...

Hi Pal-
In surfing thru your blog tonight I realized in my horribly busy month I had missed this post, and I feel terrible. I didnt know about Georgia's sister but I sure feel for her and her family.

Please give them our love and well wishes the next time you talk to them. I have often thought of them both.