Friday, August 17, 2012

For Jim


In life, most of us are blessed to have friends, people who are there to support us, who share common interests, who just "get" who we are, and take us "as is."

Mr. Tide and I have friends like this, and while some live right next door to us, others are far away.  One of our far away friends is a man we call Papa Jim.  In his profession as a police officer I'm sure he's quite intimidating, heck, I wouldn't want to get on his wrong side, but we know the other side of Jim.  The guy who gushes over his wife, kids, and grandkids...they are the light of his life he is proud beyond belief.  

He is the kind of man who always has something nice to say, can make you laugh, and even when he has his own troubles, he's always more worried about someone else's issues.  And though his day job calls for him to be rough and tough, he is the kind of person who reads this blog.  He doesn't read it because he likes house'y stuff, flowers, or pretty things, but because I write it, and because I talk about my family on here, so he can keep up with our day to day happenings.

Jim is, by any definition, the kind of person you hope to call friend.  Yesterday Papa Jim underwent major surgery for cancer.  He's walked this path before, and battled back like nobodies business, so I have no doubt he will meet this head on yet again and kick it in the butt.

The surgery didn't go as smoothly as hoped, and he has a slightly steeper hill to climb until he's back to feeling like himself again.  And we, meaning all of us who are lucky to know this great man, will be right behind him...providing him with the kind of strength and support that friends give to one another at times like this.

So to you Jim, we (and I mean the whole clan) say thank you!  Thanks for being that role model friend that we all aspire to be.  Thank you for loving your family with all of your heart and still spreading that love around to those of us who are honored to call you friend.  Get Well Soon!!!

19 comments:

  1. You will be very proud to have a friend like Jim and I hope he will get well soon! Best wishes for Jim from Holland!!

    Warm regards, Ingrid

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  2. Prayers and healing for Jim, your friend who I can tell from your words is a great guy.

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  3. Prayers of recovery being sent to your friend Jim. Good friends are a blessing in life.

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  4. thinking of your friend Jim and praying all goes well for him.

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  5. Wonderful post. Prayers for his speedy recovery. Tell Jim and his family that we are all wishing him well.

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  6. My thoughts and prayers for Jim and his family too.

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  7. I hope Jim makes a full recovery really soon xx

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  8. What a wonderful post about an obviously equally wonderful man. If you email his address to me I would love to send him a card. Having worked in a hospital I know the stress he is going through. My hubby is chaplain there and deals with a lot of the BigC patients- xo Diana

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  9. Jim sounds like a wonderful human being...a person who works hard and loves his family to no end. Prayers and support for a full recovery! I hope he can turn the tide and weather the storm.

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  10. Hi, Kat - I'm sure your friendship and support mean the world to Jim and his family. Wishing Jim the very, very best!
    Take care,
    Loi

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  11. What a wonderful post capturing the essence of your friend.

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  12. You friend sounds like a great guy...sending good thoughts and prayers his way for rest and healing!

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  13. What a lovely tribute to "Jim". He sounds like the kind of friend we all want to have. Hope all goes well for him. Mickie :)

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  14. What a special way to acknowledge such a close friend! Through your words, we all are falling in love with Jim.

    Jim, since you will undoubtedly be reading this at some point, thank you for what you do. I hope you are better soon, and I wish you all the best with this latest challenge. You must be something ... 'cause Kat says you are, and everything she says is true.

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  15. What a dear post for such a special friend. How lucky you are to have such a person in your life! I wish Jim a speedy recovery, good health and happiness...
    all my best,
    joan

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  16. That is sweet, my best goes out for him. We meet wonderful people that help us by knowing them. I am new to your blog...and I invited my sister, renae@simplesequins.com, to join also.

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  17. Beautiful strong words for an obviously strong friendship....and strong man!
    Bec x

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  18. Kat I will keep you dear friend Jim in my thoughts and prayers!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  19. I'm sure when Jim got to read this post it really brightened his day. This was so sweet. xo ~Lili

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