We couldn't be more thankful yesterday when our friend, Bill Gawne, stopped over for a visit. He is in the area on business, and carved out a few hours to stop in and say, "hello." Of course, the quick visit also included Sunday dinner and a toast to friendship though the years. I've known Bill since our college days when we worked on the playgrounds for the City of Cleveland, and Bill T. knew Bill G. when they ran against each other in cross-country and track while in high school. And, let me tell you, they were competitors through and through by "reliving" some of the big races back in the day that Bill T. could simply not "keep pace" with the speedy Bill G.
We are thankful for the laughs (and many tears too) and all of our friendships that have lasted over 40 years. Bill and his wife, Colleen, and their family, have quietly stood beside us through many trials while Ryan and our family battled childhood cancer, and we are forever grateful for their unyielding and loving support.
"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." Ralph Waldo Emerson