Six years ago today, our friend, Lesley, joined the angels in Heaven. I only got to see Lesley twice---once at a MPIP 'bash' in Asheville, NC, and once at her home in Mexico..... Mexico, New York, that is. We had a great time in Asheville... The party in my room went on until early-thirty! Guitars, singing, chatting... I'm surprised the hotel didn't kick us out, 'cause we made a little bit o' noise! =)
"Love and Light" Carole and I went to visit her just a few days before she died. It was heartbreaking---just a few months before in Asheville, Lesley was so vibrant, didn't look sick at all, sang all night with us, kept us laughing, and we became really close---and now, her new journey was to start soon. When we got there, she lit up--she recognized us and welcomed us to her home. She was sitting in her recliner and we had a great visit. Within just a short time, though, literally within an hour or two, Lesley was hallucinating---possibly from the meds; possibly from the brain tumor(s), or both,----and seeing little green men with tiny, neon beady eyes, and fire around her bed (on it, under it). Carol and I would go over and 'put out the fire" and tell the lil men to go away. Sometimes we'd tell her there wasn't anything there, and she'd say.."I know. I'm hallucinating."
She was terrified and just wanted out of the house. Her sweet hubby, David, gently helped her to the car, and the 4 of us drove around for a bit, seeing the big town (hah!) of Mexico, including the "bus barn" where Lesley had worked. (She had been a school bus driver.) She was still seeing the little green men, now riding their bicycles backwards, coming for her. I was sitting in the back seat, snuggling with Lesley, and I started singing.. asking her to sing with me. We started with the song I wrote, "Wings of Hope", and she sang the words she could remember. I think "Amazing Grace" was the next song, and by then she had calmed a bit, and sang with everything she had in her. Then we sang "Jesus Loves Me", and she sang her heart out!! Through this horrible nightmare, Jesus held her in His hands, and gave her peace--enough to return home and not be afraid. . David can correct me if I'm wrong, but Lesley hadn't hallucinated before, and she didn't again after that one night. I can't tell you what it meant in my heart to be there with Lesley through her worst time, and to be able to sing about Jesus with her! A coincidence that Carole and I were there? Not a chance.
Lesley, I love and miss you, and am blessed to have known you. I shall meet up with you again someday!
Big *Hugs* to David and the girls today,
David and Lesley:
Glenda, Dian and Lesley:
Note: Dian was doing interferon during the bash---can't believe she even made the party---From Spokane, WA to Asheville, NC!