In the last year my life has changed in significant ways.
For 16 months, Lynda and I—together with the medical professionals—battled her cancer. During this time, we relived many memories and both of us grieved.
Lynda was concerned about me “sitting in the back of the condo and withering away.” She frequently urged me to move forward in my life after she died. This was often not easy for me to consider but in the days following her memorial service I have made some attempts on three fronts.
First, I began to exercise regularly—swim actually. I don’t swim fast but I can swim long distances and times. It’s hard to believe but I’ve lost 90 pounds since many of you last saw me. I’m feeling well, looking good (my friends say “younger”), and wearing new clothes. My doctor says I either need to lose another 20 pounds…or grow four inches! So I continue to ride my recumbent bike and swim.
Second, I completed my summer choir experience and it was wonderful. Regular rehearsals got me out of the condo each week. From early June until early August, I rehearsed every Monday night with the 125 people who made up the Summer Singers of Atlanta. I have sung with many directors but Dr. William Baker was probably the best. On Sunday afternoon, August 3rd, we sang Mozart’s Requiem along with several a cappella pieces composed by American composers who were contemporaries of Mozart. This was both a mentally and a physically challenging experience. Seven terrific friends attended the concert then we went to dinner afterwards. It was a very special day…something I will always remember.
Finally, I began dating a woman I worked with 25 years ago. She and I had had almost no contact for the past 15 years. The sympathy card which she sent after Lynda died brought her back to mind. Her name is Sheryl Churchill. She recently retired after serving 37 years on the staff of Woman’s Missionary Union in Birmingham where she still resides. God has surprised us by bringing us into a new kind of relationship. He’s done “abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). She brings me much joy. There will be more about Sheryl and me in the future.
I think Lynda would be proud of me on all these fronts.
Thanks for your continued interest in my life. I’m grateful to count you among my friends—and blog readers.