I moved into my current neighborhood back in 1988. Within the first year, I had met and became friends with my neighbor, Penny, who lived across the street. We pretty much became instant friends with her and her family. Her son, Michael, and our daughter, Alyssa, became best friends and continued to be throughout their childhoods and even into adulthood.
Penny and I had a lot of the same interests and hobbies and still do. If I ever need anything, anytime, no matter what or when, Penny is always there. She's such a trooper, more so than I, and is always willing and able to do anything.
I've trusted her completely with with many real life moments, both good and bad, and many secrets.
The past few years Penny has had a tough time, and yet, she has overcome so much. I am so very proud of her and I continue to be inspired by her and admire her deeply.
As of this coming weekend, Penny will no longer be my neighbor. She has made a very brave decision to move on and out on her own. I helped her a bit tonight, and plan to help her more over the next few days. This is so small and minute in comparison to what she has done for me over the years. I will truly miss my neighbor, and I know it will take a bit of getting used to, but I guess this gives us an excuse to have more "girls nights".
I have many friends, but few of them like Penny. She is truly a gift and I feel blessed to have her in my life. Thank you, my friend, for all that you've done for me and continue to do every day. I have no doubt you will be very happy and will continue to inspire me with your strength, positive attitude, and courage. Love you tons!!!