What’s Left?

Dec 30th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak’s adoptive baby

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas - fun with family and friends!  I had a good Christmas  - but learned last week of the death of a friend of mine. She was my cousin’s best friend and  a good friend of my mother’s as well as mine.  They travelled to many fun destinations together over the years. I would only see her on occasion - but thought the world of her.
Vanda Johnson was killed Tuesday night, Dec. 21 as she was trying to get back to her car parked along side the freeway just south of Jacksonville. She had rushed from her job in Jacksonville when she heard that her grandson was in a six-vehicle wreck. Vanda drove down there, parked along side the freeway on the southbound lane and walked across the lanes, over the concrete barrier to the northbound lanes. There she found out that her grandson was not hurt. He was going to walk her back across the highway but the Ark. State trooper told him to get back to his car and that Vanda could get over to her vehicle by herself - so my cousin told me. For some inexplicable reason, she did not see the vehicle coming and stepped right out in front of a van going full speed. It was instant death - and I’m at least thankful for that. But it is still just so much like a nightmare. I do believe that we have that instant we are supposed to leave these earthly ties and that Vanda was supposed to leave us that night.
Vanda was probably the nicest person I have ever met. She was the kind of person that if you met her for the first time, she would make you feel like you had known her forever and would make you feel totally at ease. She cared about people and it showed in everything she did. She loved her family - husband, and two daughters, and all her grandchildren and especially her mother and father. Her friends were almost everyone who had ever met her. She was just that kind of person. I was always amazed that no matter what she had going on in her life, she was concerned about how you were doing. And, she was just as beautiful as she was kind. Her two daughters inherited her beauty that she got from her mother - who is still beautiful.
It was a tragic end to a beautiful person’s life.
My cousin told me that Vanda had called her husband earlier that day and said about her Christmas shopping, “I’ve got it all done and wrapped. I’m ready!”
I thought that was a prophetic thing to say under the circumstances. But Vanda was a woman of faith and I know she was ready. The rest of us were not ready for her to leave - but she was ready  - in a spiritual respect.
It was a tragic loss- especially at Christmastime.  But I believe Vanda is up in heaven with all her loved ones that have passed before her - and that is a comforting thought. Now she has graduated from earthly angel to guardian angel.

Go to your happy place.
See you next year!!!