In Honor of Dan Pendant - GNJ-P54
Crazy name for a pendant. Well, Dan was my cheerleader and one of my mentors. He absolutely loved this pendant.
It is a man made stone, wire wrapped in sterling silver.
Dimensions: Length including bail: 2 1/2 inches, Width: 1 inch
Now let me tell you more about Dan. You know how you have people in your life that inspire you, cheer for you, and all the things true friends do. Well, next to my husband, Dan was my biggest cheerleader in the world of creativity I entered into. The first time I met him, I was drawn to him as is most everyone that ever met him.
As time went by, we, meaning Dan, my husband and myself, became close friends. We picked on each other. Dan enjoyed a good ribbing and to get something over on someone. Always in fun, never hateful or mean ribbing.
We even got him interested in the the Women's NCAA Tournament last year. Dave and I so enjoyed watching Dan watch those games. Even though he was tired we didn't take him home until he was ready to go. That's how much he got into them. I wish you could have heard him yelling at the refs!
Late Sunday night, my friend lost his battle with cancer. He had beaten it once many years ago, but it came back. Oh man, was he a fighter. He was determined to beat it right up to the end. He surprised the doctors, the nurses and the hospice people. Now here was a man that was under hospice care for over 2 years. But, more than that, he lived life. He always had a smile on his face, could joke in the worst of conditions when I knew he really felt bad, was generous to a fault. Sometimes, people took advantage of his kind heart and generosity. but he didn't seem to mind. Did he have faults? Sure he did, we all do. In times like this, I tend to focus on what was good and what I'll miss.
He, in his own right, was a great creator of beauty. His beading, his drums, he duck decoys, his cooking. I use to wonder what he couldn't do.
I could go on and on about my friend, about the times we've had, but I won't. I'll miss you, as will a host of people and most importantly, your family. Oh I know they already feel the void, your passing has left. We will see you again. Rest easy, my friend. Your race is over, your fight is over. Rest easy.