My Friend Joan

Friday, September 21, 2007 at 4:50 PM
Many years ago at the annual Firemen's Picnic I met my friend Joan. My little Sarah was just 2 months old and already had been through many an ordeal for such a tiny person. Sarah was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic defect resulting in mental retardation and for her also, a genetic heart defect. At the picnic I saw a teenage girl with Down Syndrome playing and happy. Other than my Sarah I had never met another person with DS. I saw her run over to her mother and after considering it for a few minutes I thought I'd walk over and introduce myself and my baby. But when I approached her with my little bundle in my arms all I could do was put Sarah in her arms and cry. This poor woman didn't say anything to me but instead told Sarah what a beautiful child she was. Today I take comfort in that memory. That was my friend Joan whom I loved from that moment on. She left us today and I am feeling such a deep void. I see her now with Sarah in her arms. I think that's just how it must be in heaven today: in the company of so many gone before her who love her and welcomed her with loving arms.

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my amy, joan and me....June 2007...Nipomo, Ca.


  1. Diahn Says:

    Oh, Marta. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds as if Joan was a wonderful friend to you, and a precious treasure to your Sarah. I am sure that they have been reunited in heaven and are both smiling down on you all.

    Many blessings to you and to Joan's family...

  2. Linda Says:

    Marta -- I'm so sorry to hear about your loss -- what a wonderful person Joan must have been -- truly a blessing of a friend! (I just visited her family blog site and read most, if not all, of the posts.) My thoughts are with you, your family, and her family.

  3. Anita Says:

    All three of you look beautiful, happy and bonded...What wonderful memories you must have.
    I hope they will, in time, be of comfort to you.
    Thinking of you.

  4. Wanda Says:

    Marta: How very sorry I am for your loss. The picture of the three of you is so beautiful and full of love. Thank you for giving us Joan (link). You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sandy Says:

    Marta, I'm so sorry for you losing a friend, and I just went and read about her. Sounds like a wonderful woman with a great family and friends.

    Saying a prayer for the family and friends.


  6. This is a lovely will be a wonderful memory.

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