is for Allan and Annis.
Allan and I met at the beginning of our junior year in high school. At the threshold of sexual awakening, our friendship developed a trust that allowed exploration of intense feelings for each other. Aware of what we felt and enjoyed feeling, we were terrified at what exposure of those feelings meant. Our fears drove us into closeted existences well into midlife. By mutual choice, we did not see each other for several years. Though life took us in different directions, our friendship spans more than fifty years. I look back on all those years with deepest fondness in acknowledging that Allan was my first love.
Annis is my dear friend and writing buddy. A poem I wrote, describes her best:
Share book-ends with a writing buddy
Survive breast cancer
Ride a motorcycle
Wear bright colors
Know you are loved
Share your life with Judy
Write a daymaker blog
Fix your eye on the summit of the mountain
Send an email that says, “Just to let you know how much you mean to me”