12 March 2010

Last Chance


When we moved here five years ago,
we quickly adapted to
living in the boonies!

There is a little grocery store that is our
(and everyone else's!)
Last Chance....

Last Chance for
milk,
lettuce,
soda,
cat food,
Pepto.....

A store run by a brother and a sister.
Carrying on a Family Tradition.
A little market that has been in their
family for ages.
A little market that is spit polished,
and shined.
A little market that has anything
you should need.

A little market where the time I filled up with gas,
only to realize I had left my wallet at home.

A little market where the sister told me,
"Honey, I know y'all are good for it,
you come back by and pay when you can."

In a small mountain town where everyone is kin,
and outsiders are wondered about...
This sister and brother welcomed us to our new home.

And the little market became a place where we made fast friends,
could catch the local gossip,
and I would sometimes find myself hanging out behind the counter,
with the sister.

Robin became one of my first friends here.
We shared magazines, books,
she gave me tips on where to shop, and even introduced me
to my hairdresser :)

She made me feel welcome...

Yesterday at noon,
Robin passed away.
She fought a long, hard battle
with Cancer over the past sixteen months.
In the end, her immune system was just totally depleted.
She was so very, very tired...

The little market stands dark.
With a wreath on the door,
and flowers that many of us have placed there.

And tomorrow this little town will gather
together to say goodbye.

To a true Southern Gal.

A Steel Magnolia.

A beautiful women
who was a daughter,
a sister,
an aunt,
and a friend.

My friend.

Hug someone you love tonight....
xo,

32 comments:

Karen said...

beautiful post, so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Elle Bee said...

Oh Misha, I'm so sorry. I was just reading along with a smile on my face--it was such a sweet story. And then I was struck when you said she passed away.
I'm so glad that for the time God allowed her on earth, she touched your heart, and I'm sure, many others as well.

Ann On and On... said...

Oh Misha, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. My heart is sad for all involved. As a cancer survivor I know the difficulties one faces... She sounds like an angel who is now looking over the store and those of you who frequent it.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

What a very nice tribute-- Rest in peace Southern Gal who made it a home for many! Misha - share some stories and some tears and walk deep into those memories.... Many Blessings!

The Lone Star Queen said...

Misha,

I am sorry you lost your friend. She sounds like a beautiful person. God bless her and her family and friends.

My deepest sympathy,
Deb

Spring Lake Farm said...

Misha - I'm so sorry! It's hard to lose someone you love. I hope I leave a legacy like she did! Hugs!

Sandy

Donna said...

Misha,
I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Robin. I bet Amber has made friends with her in Heaven already :) Every time I watch Steel Magnolias I cry ... I love the movie.
Sending prayers for you and for your friends family.
Blessings,
Donna

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh so sorry to read this...
Farewell Robin, you fought a hard and long battle, true to your Southern roots.
Spread your angel wings and fly painfree, one day you'll be reunited with those who loved you dearly.
God Bless.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

What a beautiful post. I know you will miss your friend. It has been a sad week & last couple of months for many blogger friends. My thoughts are with you.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend....I'm sure she will be missed by all...very nice post...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a special post, Misha... I can tell that this woman was important--not only to you, but to the entire community. My prayers and thoughts are with you--and their family/friends.

Robin will be remembered and celebrated forever in that community... And--I'm sure the little market will open again, and her memory will be kept alive there.

Hugs and Prayers,
Betsy

Julie Harward said...

Ahhh, I am so sorry about her suffering. I hate cancer, it took 2 of my brothers at a young age. This could have been written, word for word, about my small town...the local store was even started by my father in law, then passed on down to one of his sons. I love these kinds of places..they really take care of each other, especially in time of need. xxx's Come say hi :D

jane augenstein said...

Misha, so sorry about your friends passing. What a wonderful place to shop your little store sounds like.
Your friend will be missed by many.
blessings.....
Jane

maurakeith said...

Misha I'm so sorry to learn about your friend Robin...such a sad thing to happen. One of the wonderful things about small towns is that everyone comes together at a time like this. I'm sure Robin's brother will be surrounded by love from family friends and neighbors tomorrow as you all come together to remember your kind friend. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Take care my friend. Maura

Lucy said...

How hard to lose someone. I grew up in the small town of Rigby, Idaho. The small town feeling has never gone out of me and I would love to be there...not necessarily Rigby ... again.

Heart2Heart said...

Misha,

This is where the heart truly lies within the friendships you make with the people you see everyday. This is what calls me to move to place very much like this and to meet special people like Robin.

I believe God has a very special place all picked out for her. She will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved her.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Misha,
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
This is a beautiful tribute to her.
We are here for you.
Alisha

Uncovered Ruby said...

Misha,
I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet friend, but so thankful for the memories you carry within you. I've lived in a small town my whole life too, used to be smaller when I was younger and you knew everyone, or so it seemed. Something like this rocks a community but also draws you closer together. What a wonderful friendship you had.
Take care...Lisa

Sydney said...

So sorry to hear that. I know what it's like living in a small town and someone dies. The whole town and all their relatives show up.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I left a couple pieces of mail on the counter at the post office yesterday, along with the money for the stamps. The woman working the counter was in back and busy on the phone. Before I got back to work, she had called and left a message that I had forgotten money for one envelope. She said she put the stamp on anyway and just pay her the next time I stop in. I just love small town living.

E.B. Finds said...

What a sweet tribute. Those special people leave a mark. I had tears as I finished reading, but thank you for the reminder to enjoy those special people all around us.

Donna said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. God bless her and the memories she leaves behind.

Oz Girl said...

Oh Misha, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, and the hole that her absence will cause for everyone who loved her. Cancer is such an awful, awful disease. *hugs*

Sandra said...

NO! no no no no no no NO!

Here I was, cozying up to your lovely blog entry, nodding my head at the absolutely coziness of it all. Whack upside the head. I hate it. I hate it for her family, for the community, for her friends. hateithateithateithateithateithateit
That dreadful disease has taken folks from our community recently. It's all over.
Our little country store has been shut down for months and months. I'd love to own it.

Amy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend...find comfort in your fond memories my dear...
Hugs from Norway

allhorsestuff said...

Misha dear heart, What a friend and soul sister she was..and always will be...praying for your heart and all the others that will be forlorn, in miss of her.
KK

Feral Female said...

So sorry about your loss Misha. *Hugs*

Rural Revival said...

Misha, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a sweet, dear friend. A loss for many, many people. Try not to dwell on the loss, but the gain, the gain you received from knowing such a dear lady and sharing a part of your lives with each other. That will stay with you forever and ever.

Thinking of you and sending you a big hug. Andrea

Catherine said...

sorry for the lossof your friend,i lived in a small village where i went today and a lot of aged people are not there anymore ,i always feel sad when i go back there , as we were sort a family together. CATHERINE

Country Dreaming said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.Prayers being sent your way.
Take care.

Melinda

Elizabeth said...

I just found your blog and so glad I did. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend,but what a wonderful story about moving there and meeting her,it sounds like a wonderful place.

Snappy Di said...

Her passing I'm sure will have an effect on everyone in your area. Sending you a hug just because I know this loss is having an effect on you as well.

BIG HUG!
Di