Go With God Sandy

23 Apr

The recent visit to our hometown of Austin, Texas included a drive through the old neighborhood. You could tell which houses had had a facelift or complete makeover and likely changed hands. One house stood out with its overgrown yard and clunker parked in the driveway. It looked absolutely the same as when we left almost four years ago. We laughed and wondered aloud how Sandy was doing.

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Pulling out of our driveway August 2013

Leaving Austin after having lived there forty years for me and more than twenty for Lisa meant lots of goodbyes. We visited with friends, some of which we hadn’t seen in years, but who wanted to connect before we took off for the wilds of Southern Mexico. We even threw a party in our yard, complete with live music. There were many opportunities for folks who wanted it. But we never saw Sandy.

She was our neighbor a few doors down. She played softball with Lisa’s team for a few years. I remember hanging out in her hot tub with a group of women naked and laughing. It was a first for me but lots of fun.

Over the years, Sandy became more and more of a recluse. I stopped by her house more than once to invite her to some event and she was clearly uncomfortable and did not invite me in. The house reeked of cigarette smoke. She promised to show, but never did.

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Sandy’s trusty little white truck.

I knew Sandy had retired from her job as a surgical assistant to an eye doctor. She also volunteered with children. I wonder what happened. Lisa and I had dinner last week with some mutual friends who informed us that Sandy had died. When she didn’t show for a cancer treatment, the clinic sent the police for a wellness checkup. They found her in her recliner.

I believe a lifelong struggle with depression and alcohol contributed. She only died the first of March and it makes me so sad. I just came from the grocery store and saw someone who looked like her and did a double take. Then I remembered.

Adiós means “go with God”, so adiós Sandy. I know that you are at peace. We just never know when we say goodbye if we’ll ever see anyone again. So hug them tight and tell them you love them, even if they’re your neighbor.

DOS TORTAS

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6 Responses to “Go With God Sandy”

  1. Becky April 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    These are the wonderful blogs I enjoy from you. Always an insight or inspiration. Enjoy your travels and be safe going “home”. It was such a delight to see you both so happy. Real love to you! Becky

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    • afish25 April 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      The feeling is quite mutual. It’s lovely to read your comments. It keeps me going.

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  2. emilievardaman April 24, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Ah, yes. Friends of mine are leaving also. All too often. Each time it reminds me to live, live, live while I can.

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    • afish25 April 24, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      So true Emilie. We only get today.

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  3. Teresa April 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Ok then! I’m saying it again. I love you, neighbor or not. Jajaja See you later tonight. Caio

    Teresa

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    • afish25 April 26, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Some neighbors are easier to love than others. 😉 Thanks for not giving up on us!

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