Saturday:) A Soggy Sad Celebration Day

9 Sep

“Celebrate each day, rain or shine, sad or glad, because life is too darn short.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It rained pretty much all day today. This morning, the dark grey skies mourned along with the family and friends of Jim Woodcock. I only knew Jim and his wife Trisha for a few months, but they were a sweet couple who met not that long ago at our Single Mingle group after their spouses had passed away. Jim had been married for over fifty years, raising a beautiful family, and blessing the world with his love and kindness. Jim and Trisha started out sharing their grief and stories, and ended up sharing their love. Even while bravely battling cancer since 2001, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for all.

James William Woodcock passed away September 8th. Today, we celebrated the life of a very fine man.

Pat, Doug, Jerry and I were there to express our condolences and celebrate the fine life of a fine man.

It was such a gloomy afternoon. I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery to visit with friends, then drove home in the pouring rain. I wasn’t able to get a walk in, and it was bugging me. I need my walk. So, when the going gets tough and rainy, the tough take a nap.

It didn’t stop pouring till almost dark. I grabbed my umbrella for the light drizzle and scurried out for a quick walk. The sunset and glorious glowing clouds were my reward for being patient.

I walked in the dark and celebrated the day, remembering to “Celebrate each day, rain or shine, sad or glad, because life is too darn short.”

2 Responses to “Saturday:) A Soggy Sad Celebration Day”

  1. Chris Woodcock September 10, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    Although I appreciate your kind remarks regarding my father , you didn’t have a chance to “know him”. He was married to my mother for over 50 years and we had an awesome family life. He was a great father to my brother, sister and myselfand had been battling cancer since 2001, I should know, I was with him along the way. That is until the end. He wasn’t diagnosed right when my mom passed. Thank you though.

    • toniandrukaitis September 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

      Chris, I apologize. As I said, I didn’t know your sweet dad for that long. He charmed everyone with his smile. I knew he’d been ill, but not for that long. What a brave soul. I edited my post. I write every day about the beautiful things and wonderful people I’ve encountered along my journey, and I just wanted my friends and family to hear about this fine gentleman. My sincerest sympathy to all your family.

      Here is a link to a YouTube segment of our group singing “You are my sunshine,” at the VFW. I had just lost my mom and that was her favorite song, so we honored her with our voices. Jim was up there singing and having a good time.

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