Posted by: Author | October 6, 2014

Good Times!

I had a wonderful time on Saturday evening this past weekend. I have some dear friends that I’ve known since I was in elementary school. We all lived in Virginia in the early 1970s. My dad worked with the father of this family in Washington D.C.

In 1972, the unit they worked for transferred to Pensacola and so, when we moved down, we already had some built in friends. This family who also moved when we did had three children close in age to me and my sister. We would bake Christmas cookies in winter and play outside together in summer.

All of the kids attended high school together and then went our separate ways to college, post grad, law school and medical school but we always maintained the friendships. Sadly, one of these dear friends passed away close to two years ago of cancer and we miss her every day. The other two live one in Atlanta and one in Houston.

The parents of these awesome friends still live in Pensacola and I make a point to see, call or email them often to keep them close. I adore these people as if they were family and they pretty much are.

Saturday, the mother and father planned a surprise party for the oldest son who flew in from Houston a few days before to be here for his birthday. His younger brother came in from Atlanta as well.

The party was a huge surprise and success. We laughed, we cried (and laughed til we cried) and it was just a blessing to all be together again. It was bittersweet due to the loss of their daughter but we celebrated her as well by the stories we shared.

I wouldn’t trade the love in that room for anything.

The birthday boy was my medical expert for my blind character in Moon Dance and he’s encouraging me to write a gay romance next. I told him I had an old one that I wrote back in 2007 but it was so bad, it couldn’t be fixed. He offered to help on that, too.  LOL



  1. What a fantastic post Jillian “old”. Friends are priceless as are the memories we share. I’m in ca. now my cousin and I drove down to be with family and a celebration of life for a cousin who passes away a week ago Sunday. Your post hit home.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss, Lavada. It’s hard to lose our close friends and family. HUGS! I am glad you got to spend time with the other family and friends as you celebrated the life of the one who is now in heaven. That’s always a privilege and a joy. Safe travels, my friend.

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