It is interesting how friendships evolve. Initially I met Billie. I don't think, at that time, she and Ned were here full time. That friendship grew. I visited them in Houston when I was up visiting.
We had not known each other when we all lived there. We met in San Miguel.
Eventually I met Ned and then always thought of them in "couple" terms. One completed the other. Lovely. Something I've aspired to have for many years.
Always total enjoyment to be with them. Always. A meal was always a time for good conversation, reminiscing and hearing about travels that Ned and Billie had taken all over Mexico and other places. Meeting their children just completed the picture - again, lovely.
I remember when they returned in 2009 from Ned's first cancer treatments. At least 100 people came to welcome them home to a wonderful party orchestrated by our dear friend Joe, who has since gone on to higher ground also. I wrote about this on 9/11/2009 in a blog that I think was entitled "Welcome home Billie and Ned".
Ned and Billie were gracious to all and thrilled and amazed at all the people there. I wasn't. They are much loved.
It's been a long three years. Good and bad. Moving forward one day at a time. Ned never giving up. Billie ALWAYS being there for her beloved Ned.
Billie eloquently said it all in her message to me. "Ned moved on to higher ground this morning".
Oh so true! I'll always miss that gentle man who I'm honored to have called a friend.