July 03, 2024

You Fought a Good fight

 Fare travels, Mike. You fought a good fight.

Standing beside MIke's bed in the VA hospital, I was filled with sadness and thankfulness. Thankful that I had known this man for so many years as a truly good friend. Our conversations through the years were sometimes mere laugh fests and sometimes extremely deep.

Since his passing I have reconnected with Mike's best friend and sidekick from high school. Sharing our memories of those days of carefree youth has been sweet. Reminds me of life surrounded by orchards, drives to Santa Cruz and picnics at Steven's Creek Park, basketball games in our respective gyms, and the night Mike rolled our friend Gavin's parents Mercedes.

I imagine Mike sipping brandy with Hemmingway in some tropical other-world filled with joy and contentment discussing all their favorite books and classic movies and the meaning of life.

"Friendship is not a jewel or a coin or a gift
Jewels and coins and gifts don’t die
Friendship is not a flower or blown glass;
Friendship is not fragile
Friendship is not a poem or a melody
Because friendship cannot be forgotten
Friendship is a symphony
With grand overtures
Melodic harmonies
and unforgettable phrases
punctuated by Attacking staccatos, Vibrant arpeggios then peaceful interludes
And sometimes rests Followed by thoughtful segues
All held together by a coherent structure
called Respect"
(Ellis Reyes Apr 2021)


  1. A wonderful tribute

  2. My condolences on the loss of your friend Mike. Sounds like you had a marvelous friendship for oh so many years.

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    2. Thank you, Debra. He was a good, good friend.

  3. I am so very sorry that your friend is gone. Thank you for sharing some of your sweet memories of a long friendship. Sending you hugs Toni♥

    1. Thank you, Linda.
      Thanks for the hugs, right back at you.

  4. I feel for you too..the loss of a friend goes deep.
    I lost my husband and good friend in April.
    But in 2017 I lost a close friend of 44 years standing..and what has hurt many of us is that his wife cut us out of their lives with no warning or explanation when it was thought that she wad a friend too...

    Thanks for you comment on my blog 🙂

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine losing my husband of 40 years. We are partners and friends down to our bones.
      I also can't imagine someone trying to cut a dear friend our of anyone's life. Makes me worry about her mental health that she would just end a relationship.
      I enjoyed reading your blog and will be back!

  5. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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