Amy Long was one of my best friends growing up. I so looked forward to visits to the farm to hang out with her, Erin Fowler and Angie Norris. We'd run dirt roads in bare feet on hot summer days, shuck corn on the side porch, drive "momma's car" up and down the dirt road when older between residences to fetch each other or things our older relatives needed. We'd bunker down during storms in the unused room in Elsie's house that no one ever went in that had the organ in it, tell stories and laugh until we hurt. We'd walk to Mary's store for treats whenever the weather was right. When I started driving, we'd make loops through Whiteville cruising when I would visit and shop at the Family Dollar in Chadburn (I think it was Family Dollar).
|Amy (Robin behind her) on the family property. I was always taking photos.|
I'd been married and divorced, had my own family, moved a few times to a few states. I had not seen her for over 15 years when we finally visited briefly in September of 2012 after a house fire wherein they'd lost everything, including the family dog. Gratefully, they weren't home for that. I always wish to be there with them, to see their kids growing up, to make dinner and just be grown ups around each other. They are my family and life hasn't been the same without them in the years I have been away from visiting.
Fast forward to this winter and Kaylee's health began to deteriorate. Thanks to social media I'd been able to keep up with my family down there in a way that was time conducive to Amy who rarely has a moment to herself these days. The new year started out very scary for them. Hospitalized with 30% lung function and N1H1 was horrific for Kaylee. As it stands right now, Kaylee's medications are causing allergies, she's not getting results from them and her lung function is not improving. Her doctors aren't pleased and they're concerned. That in and of itself is enough to scare any parent. No wonder they're both "out of brave." In fact, it was the brave dialogue that made me ill to my stomach wanting to do more for them.
|Kaylee & Momma|
|January 2011, a prior hard winter in the hospital|
|January 10, 2014 being admitted to isolation and pushing through|
|Brooke & Kaylee|
|Brooke & Kaylee|
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