|Me with Sandy October 14, 2015|
She was 78 years old if I am correct and had she made lifestyle changes years ago along the way, I would not be writing this today.
In our lives, we meet many people, some we call friends but those who really become friends take time to grow the relationships from acquaintance into full "framily", my word for those closer than family to me, very dear friends. These are the rare ones of life. Once I was blessed with 3 now there is only me. She was a sister I never had.
Sandy was never one I could have foreseen becoming so close to. I met her at the CA State Employment Development Department (EDD) in career days, in 1991 when I was managing the establishment of a group to guide quality improvement through the entire behemoth organization. We were interviewing candidates to work with on a team that would be known as Leading the Quality Team. That effort would take multiple pages to explain, suffice that it was new and daring, in an overly bureaucratic traditional state agency as was EDD. In came our next candidate, a white haired "old lady" I thought, when I first saw Sandy who was only 6 years older than me, but she had lived hard and large and was a devoted EDD staff person venturing up from one of their field offices into headquarters. It was not a typical interview because we wanted extra ordinary staff. Sandy blew us away with her demonstration removing any doubt I had that she had the stuff to "train" and present to management above her pay level. We hired her and that began in what I never expected to happen, the growth of a deep friendship for the rest of our lives.
Here is just a bit from a letter I wrote to surprise her on her embracing the faith and taking the Walk to Emmaus in 2007, I frequently think of all the spiritual activities that you are now so fully embracing and am more than amazed. Sometimes I feel like a proud mama. Sometimes I feel like a teacher whose student has far surpassed expectations. Sometimes I feel like I helped create a Frankenstein! But overall I am so thankful that God placed me in your life or you in my life. What a joy to have played a small part in your journey back to the God who never left you even when you didn’t pay much attention to Him! From your joining the
Sandy was an accomplished
|Our "Salute of Roses" quilt by Sandy.|