Monday, September 11, 2006

Happy Birthday To A Dear Friend

I want to take time today to say Happy Birthday to my friend Jan.  It must be hard to be happy today... about anything with the reminders of 5 years ago all around us.  It's not that we don't remember...but we must go on, we must be happy, we must celebrate other events or the enemy has won.   So today..I'm remembering my friendship with Jan. 

We first met in January of 1982 when I started a new job at a little 35 bed hospital, Doctors Hospital.  Jan was secretary to the head nurse, and then she worked in the operating room at the desk scheduling surgeries.  When I became the admitting clerk, I decided to start pre-registering surgical patients...so at least once a day I would go up to the o.r. desk and sit and go thru Jan's big surgery book, writing down names, addresses,and dates of surgery so I could get a pre-admit form out to each patient in a timely manner...thus the paperwork would be ready when they walked in the front door.

Eventually Doctor's Hospital was swallowed up by the bigger health system and things changed.  I went on to the admitting deptartment at the main hospital and Jan took a job in the Human Resources department.  She continued there until an early retirement was offered  one year in the mid 1990's and she decided to retire. She retired from the health system only to go on working at another job in the world of bingo, where she still works to this day. ( She's the one behind the window selling you all those different cards.) 

Over the years we have continued our friendship, along with some others who worked together back in the late 1980's.  I remember one time Jan and I along with two other co-workers took the train to Portland for the day.  We had such a blast, laughing and talking all the way down there and all the way back.   I also remember when I was scheduled for gall bladder surgery and friend Bob was working out of town and I needed a ride to the hospital.  I called Jan to see if she could take me and she said absolutley !  I was thinking just a ride to the hospital but she parked and came in with me.  She stayed...waited with me until the surgical nurse came to walk me down the hall to that scary room with the big light in the ceiling.   When I was brought back to my room from recovery, there she was...smiling and ready to sit and hold my hand during those few ugly hours after any surgery.

When I moved to the mobile home 5 years ago, I ended up just about 6 blocks from Jan and her husband.  We don't see each other very often, as I work days and she works evenings.  But when we do get together, it's always fun to be with her. 

I want to wish Jan the best birthday ever and to thank her for 24 years of friendship !!!    Linda

 

13 comments:

jeadie05 said...

Avery Happy Birthday to your friend Jan ,it is such a treasure to have a friend as true as she is ,.,.,.,Jan xx

labdancer51 said...

A very Happy Birthday to your lovely friend Jan.  As you already know she shares a birthday with my daughter Kerry, so you are right in saying it must be hard to be happy today.  But they both deserve to celebrate this day, despite the tragic events of 9/11.

Sandra xxxx

jkboutwel said...

Linda,  Thank you so much for such a nice tribute on my birthday. Some people are so fortunate to have friends like you are to me. We have had some fun times (i.e.  like 3 years ago, when you and Ray planned a surprise birthday party for me at the Silver Dollar and we were the first one there). and I hope many more.  I love you and thanks again.   Jan

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((((LINDA)))))))))))))))))))))How sweet.I hope your friend Jan has a nice birthday.You guys been friends for 24 years,thats a long time.Its good to have friendships like that.Enjoy your day. :)

tpiez4me said...

So nice to remember a good friendship!  Happy Birthday to Jan!

jlocorriere05 said...

Happy birthday Jan! It's good to have a friend you can always rely on. Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

rbrown6172 said...

how wonderful!  hope she had a very blessed day!
gina

inquestoftruth said...

What a friend!!    She took good care of you!  Happy Birthday Jan!
~Meg

lv2trnscrb said...

Happy birthday Jan! She sounds like a wonderful friend, Linda; thanks for sharing her with us on her special day

betty

beckerb6 said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friend. Happy birthday Jan. May you both enjoy many more years of friendship.
Barbara

ally123130585918 said...

"Happy Birthday  Jan"
sounds like a wonderful friendship you have there Linda ~ Ally

stevietwain said...

Happy birthday Jan hun!!

Lovely entry!

Lv Stevie
xxx

queenb8261 said...

Hope your friend Jan had a lovely birthday.
Barb