Goddammit, we’ve lost two friends in the last week. I just heard that Sharon Faulkner, friend and local paramedic, was killed in a air ambulance airplane crash last night. Our hearts go out to Jerry, Casey, Seth and all her family. Last week Kelly Fenstermaker lost her long battle with cancer. Kelly was my next door neighbor before we moved to the ranch and a co-volunteer at Marfa Public Radio.
Both of these were treasures of human beings. They both touched humanity in their own ways. Sharon literally made people right, helped them through the hardest traumas. Kelly was a window to life and the land and people.
When my daughter told me of Sharon’s passing today she texted, “ok, well now i feel the need to tell you how much i love you and i’m incredibly thankful to have you in my life.”
Whether it’s by text, by phone, by a handwritten letter, or looking them in the eye, it’s never too late to tell those who matter to you, even those with whom you are just friends, that you care.
It’s Sunday. If your mom is still around give her a call.
How are you my long lost friend? You inspired me. Even though our lives only touched a few times they were memorable ones and will always be cherished by me. By the comments and photos it looks like life has treated you well. I admire you for perusing your dreams. I find myself again at a crossroads and hope I can find the strength to pursue that what I love along with peace and serenity. Love to hear from you.
Your Friend, hopefully,