Each day is a gift …

FryeWe need to remember how precious each day is and live life to the fullest.

I recently lost a student in cycle class. It was traumatic and scary.

The very first cycle class I taught in the Portland-area I was a little nervous to teach as I was still new at teaching cycle, I was taking over a class where the students were used to their regular teacher (who went on maternity leave) and later I found out the group had been cycling together for years.

But he introduced himself to me and made me feel welcome.

He was a kind man and had a big heart.

His loss is a big one.

I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to know him and have him as a part of my life.

In this tragedy I have gotten to know the family of my student, I have gotten closer with many of my cycle students and staff at the gym and I am reminded about what is really important in life.

Tell those you love that you love them. Tell those that … Continue reading

Coping with the loss of my Joey

Today Curt and I lost our furbaby, Joey. Joey was born around April 15, 1994. He came into my life on June 2, 1994 and he went to kitty heaven today, Dec. 4, 2011.

For most of Joey’s life he was a healthy cat. I feel lucky for that. A little more than a year ago Joey became diabetic–his first major illness. About a year later the diabetes reversed and Joey was in renal failure. That was hard on Joey and the illness kicked in quickly.

I got Joey when I was 19. I have had him for almost half my life. I feel lucky to have had him for so long. And I am so sad that he is gone. Curt and I knew yesterday that it was time–he wasn’t eating; he was losing control; he was having trouble walking; he just wasn’t himself; we couldn’t leave him alone.

I know that I need to mourn my little hairy family member. And I will take as long as I need. I know it will take time. Joey was the longest male relationship I ever had–17 1/2 years is a long time. 🙂 I will be sad. But also happy … Continue reading