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Amy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

August 26, 2012

Amy (second from the right) and friends

Sometimes, you don’t know what kind of hole a person will leave in your life until they are gone.

Last week, my neighbor, Amy, and her family traded their home for a hotel.

Or, should I say, my ex-neighbor?

For the last 18 months, Amy has been my neighbor. Eventually, she became my friend.

As I’ve said before, friends are a funny thing. You never really know how or when or why you end up finding each other, but it seems that certain people come into your life for a reason. Whether to teach a lesson or hold your hand through tough times or show you how to enjoy the world, they are meant to find their way into your life and stay there.

Amy was one of those people for me (just as Lisa and Michelle and Jim and Craig and Amy B. … so many people near and far have been).

Born and raised in Missouri, Amy believes in church and God and Christianity, but she also believes in live and let live. She believes that people should be allowed to be who they are, free from the judgment of those around them. She is happy and loves to laugh and has a self-effacing sense of humor. She doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but she is always looking for new things to learn.

And she loves to see the good in life.

Ultimately, she draws people to her light no matter where she goes.

I should know … I saw the effect she had on others first hand.

But as I was saying, sometimes, you don’t know what kind of hole a person will leave in your life until they are gone.

Last week, my neighbor, Amy, and her family traded their home for a hotel. Since then, the house has been silent, their absence like a dark cloud over their little corner of Oregon. The porch is no longer home to the rocking chairs they never seemed to use. The back patio, which was once the scene of many a barbecue, is now little more than a collection of dying plants and errant leaves.

If schedules went according to plan, Amy and her family are already one day into their move to West Virginia, where her husband has a new job within the federal prison system.

All I can say is, West Virginia has won … for now. But for those of us who have come to love the light Amy brings to our lives, we know she won’t be far from us for very long.

One Comment
  1. Amy Johnston permalink

    Oh my gosh Julie! I NEVER read this until now! You just made me cry friend! Thank you so much for everything you have done! You were put into my life for a reason and I am very thankful for that! Miss you so much and can not wait to see your face again!

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