Most Australians will associate Remembrance Day, 11th November, with the anniversary of armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918)
For me however, it marks the birthday of a dear friend I once had, a woman who always encouraged me and would speak plainly when she thought I needed it. She recognised that I needed to value myself more, to speak up and be proud of my talents, and most of all, she accepted me for who I was, flaws and all. To find a person like that once in a lifetime, is to be gifted with the greatest treasure.
Many a happy time was spent enjoying a cuppa in her garden, which was also overlooked the ocean – a great view but it did make for difficult gardening! Nevertheless, we loved her garden, and it responded to that love.
Ricky loved the colour pink. I did not. So she set about changing my mind 🙂 Such was the power of her persuasion, I would eventually even tolerate pink petunias – something I NEVER thought would happen!
Several years ago, Ricky unwittingly set me upon a different path. Her husband had died, leaving an almost new digital camera that none in the family were interested in. She knew I had an interest in photography, the image above was taken with my old film camera, some years before, and sent the camera to me. It opened up a whole new world…. and at a time when poor health had brought many losses, it was a beacon of hope. The rest as they say…. is history.
My dog EJ also loved Ricky, although I think that perhaps the special treats that were provided on each visit may have had something to do with it….. Neither EJ nor Ricky are in my life anymore, and yet they are – they are not forgotten, and especially on Remembrance Day, I pay thanks to the kindness and generosity of spirit of a dear friend.