Remembering an Amazing Heart

A few years ago, while I was planning my escape from Los Angles and I chose Florida to move to, little did I know that I would have the rare opportunity to meet such truly wonderful people here. I do not mention this in jest. I have always preferred to be alone. Shortly after I arrived here, I was able to meet a group of ladies in Sarasota, who turned out to be just a wonderful group of gal pals.

For the majority of my life, I have lived alone. That has been my preferred way of existing for many decades. This group of ladies I met, did not care. They accepted me into their group just as I was. They all loved animals...as most of them met while volunteering at the Humane Society. No one ever questioned my way of living...it never came up...we were just all happy to spend time together. Carrie would get tickets for us each month to go see lovely plays at the Sarasota Players each month. Some of the best times I have ever experienced were spent there with these women.

Carrie Lutz, just embraced everyone arround her with such love and caring. I finally finished my doctoral work and earned my degree, an EdD in Educational Leadership, Higher Education. Carrie arranged for a celebratory luncheon for me with this adorable shark statue...I love sharks, and, have gone down in a shark cage with them...so, their gift that day was so sweet.

Never was my birthday, or any one in the groups birthday forgotten. Each holiday marked an occasion for Carrie to give each of us a card or a gift letting us know how special we were to her. I am just heartbroken today, knowing that she is gone. It is so unfair.

Life rarely is fair...that does not mean that we accept it and rollover...seriously, I am PISSED. Carrie...I have never said this before, but, I am a better person for having known you. I am going to miss you so very much. Your doggies will be SO cared for Carrie...they will. Do not worry dear.

A few weeks ago, Carrie texted me late a night. One of her beloved little doggies had passed. We chatted back and forth through the evening about her, her feelings, the doggie...and then...then text messages stopped. I assumed she finally was able to drift off to sleep. I will begrudgingly accept that now Carrie..that you have drifted off to sleep, but I have to say lady...you will be so missed!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Carrie, for being such a wonderful friend. I am, truly, a better person for having known you. Thank you.

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The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated - Mahatma Ghandi

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