21 May 2008

When I grow up

I got a call last night from my friend Joanne. She and her dog Jozey left Houston last Thursday at 5 a.m. and got to her sister's house outside Philadelphia at 5 p.m. on Friday. She goes to see her sister every summer and to help her out around the house. Doesn't sound too remarkable does it? Until you know that Joanne is 75 years old, is a three time cancer survivor, had the lenses in both eyes replaced last year, and doesn't feel comfortable driving in the dark. Then you might realize that this trip made alone might take someone like her way out of her comfort zone. If you think that is true you don't know the real Joanne.

You see, Joanne is never out of her comfort zone. She takes it everywhere with her. She didn't want to be an old lady afraid of technology so she bought a new computer last year and installed a GPS navigation system in her car. Whenever anything new comes up at work she is always eager to be the first one to learn. This past year she has gotten involved with several single ladies new to her neighborhood and they have had many game nights where they all have a great time and are up until after midnight.

But the greatest thing about Joanne is she wants to make sure you know she loves Jesus and she wants you to have that as well. In every aspect of her life she always says, "thank God I can do this." That is why when I grow up I want to be like Joanne.

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