Today I am featuring a very special lady. One of our favorite blogger friends posted this on his blog a while back and I remembered it and wanted to feature Roland Yeoman's Earthly Angel, Sandra Thrasher.
"There are so many people who were and are beacons in my life. But one stands out like a lighthouse on a desolate, storm-tossed shore ... my best friend, Sandra Thrasher.
We all find ourselves in the dreaded Valley of the Shadow at some point in our lives.
I lived there for a short time. It only felt like an eternity.
My mother was dying in the hospital. My book store was dying, too. I had walking pneumonia. Three times someone poured sugar in my gas tank in the Mall parking lot.
Three cars gone. I was reduced to walking to my home, the hospital, and to my Mall store on foot in the worst December in Louisiana memory.
My mother died one lonely night as I sat coughing by her bedside.
I had no money to bury her. No insurance company would cover Mother in her last years with her bad heart.
Poetically, an ice storm shut down the entire city the next day. I sat in a frozen world in my dark, powerless home, shivering and coughing and crying.
I felt as alone as if I were prisoner in a frozen Hell.
There was a knock on my door. Sandra Thrasher. My best friend and fellow Mall store owner was on the porch. Think Bette Midler with pepper and salt hair. She walked in, hugged me, and whispered,
"You're not alone."
From that moment on, I wasn't.
Hurting financially herself, she still used her last untouched credit card to take care of my mother's arrangements. She dragged me to the doctor and got the medicine I could not afford. She gave me a used car.
And though it took long months, she taught me to laugh again.
She led me through the Valley of the Shadow. I shall forever be in the debt of Sandra Thrasher, my best friend, who showed me what wonders one caring heart can accomplish in the life of another person.
She was the wind beneath my bruised wings ..."
Sandra truly is one in a million. Thank you, Roland for sharing you story with us.
DO you know of an Earthly Angel? I most certainly want to know and so do my blogger friends. Please leave your story in the comments or email me directly.
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Are you ready? I know all you HP freaks are on the edge of your seat....
Which two characters would you want for your BFF, AND what kind of trio would you be? Isn't this GREAT! Thank you Ms. Tart for your nakedness that brought on this blogfest! Have your entry posted on Wednesday March 30th. We need something fun for HUMP day!
Who will be the first to enter after me ...