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A Perfect Day

Updated on July 4, 2013
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Annie awoke at exactly 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Today was no different than any other Saturday, but her cozy bed beckoned her to stay a few minutes longer. As she lay in the stillness of the morning, a feeling of gratitude filled her heart. I am a lucky girl, Annie thought to herself. No matter how hard life has been, I have always had enough of everything, and have had love all around me. Yes, I am a lucky girl, indeed!

As she stepped over her dog to get to the bathroom, Old Blue began to chase something in his dreams, for his twitching legs and whimpers were sure signs of an adventure. A smile stretched across her face as she gingerly bent down to stroke her best bud. Aches and pains were a daily occurrence these days, but they never kept Annie Pierce from making the most of every moment. Today, she and Sally, her best friend, would go visit Sally’s horse. The drive to the country, the smell of recently tilled earth and the “horse” experience were all things that helped her weariness fade. “Today is going to be an exceptionally good day, I do believe,” she giggled. As Annie sat on the patio drinking her morning coffee, she closed her eyes and listened to birds chirping in a nearby tree. What a beautiful sound and what a beautiful day, she thought.

Soon, she was dressed and waiting for Sally on the front porch. The sky blue Volkswagon Beetle convertible pulled into the driveway, and in the blink of an eye, the two girls were on their way to the country with their hair blowing in the breeze. As they pulled up to the farm, Frankie, Sally’s horse saw them get out of the car and met them at the pasture gate. Immediately, Annie gave the gentle giant a big hug and gave his soft nose a kiss. “Sally, I couldn’t be happier. This day is just perfect,” she gushed. Before too long, Annie grew weary, so she sat quietly and watched her best friend bathe and groom her beautiful gelding. As the two girls left the farm, she took one last gaze along the white fence line and through the gorgeous horse filled pastures. “Sally, have you noticed how peaceful and beautiful it is out here?” “Yes,” Sally replied. “You taught me how to observe and appreciate every moment Annie, and I will always be grateful to you for being my teacher.”

The two best friends then drove to the beach and dined on a fresh veggie plate for lunch, took a walk on the beach, and last but not least, indulged themselves on an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate. As they arrived at Annie’s house, Sally could tell it was time to let her friend rest, so she made sure Annie had everything she needed, gave Old Blue some fresh water and bid her dearest pal farewell. “Until we meet again, Annie P.”

Annie lived another six months, but cancer eventually won the battle. At her funeral, Sally spoke about her best friend through a cracking voice and streaming tears. “I thought I was living, until I saw my best friend dying. She changed my life, because she showed me how to appreciate every breath, how to embrace every experience, negative or positive, and how to truly live in the moment. I now know how to live. So I will say to you what Annie said to me. Take every opportunity to experience love. Know your animals love you unconditionally and learn to love as they do. Appreciate your life; for it is precious and unpredictable, and I can promise you that if you start each day in gratitude, it will make for a much better day than if you don’t. Annie will now be that whisper of wisdom, that subtle voice of reason and the constant love I carry in my heart. Part of her, Old Blue, will remain with me until he leaves to meet her on the Rainbow Bridge. So, I will say one final time to my beautiful, courageous friend … Until we meet again, Annie P.”


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      oh wow pickles I love this.. I am crying it touched me .. excellent writing my friend

      I am sharing

      Debbie

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much Deborah. I really appreciate you stopping by and so glad you liked it.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      This is so true, I think many people take all in their life for granted. But life as such is fragile, nobody knows what's round the corner. So we really need to be thankful and appreciate every moment we are given, to live to the fullest, with love and care for others. Wonderful writing 'pickles'.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you Katrine. I appreciate your comments and appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Beautiful story, Pickles, and so true, and that song by Bill Whithers is one of my favorites for all time.

      Good job!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Simply beautiful Pickles. I understand it so well; I have lived it several times. I am heading out soon to spend a day appreciating my best friend and the love of my life. Wishing you peace and happiness and thank you for the lovely reminder of all things important.

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      Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

      What a lovely message. Thanks for sharing it. I think we could all use a lesson in learning to truly live our lives.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you for reading my hub SubRon7. I really appreciate your comments and am so glad you liked it!!

      Hi Billybuc, So glad you realize the importance of living in the moment.You are also lucky to call your best friend the love of your life!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you so much Motown2Chitown. It is not always easy to stop the mind and experience the only real thing we have-the present moment, but boy does it help.I appreciate you stopping by!

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      BethDW 5 years ago

      Beautifully written and very touching, thanks for sharing!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you so much BethDW. I really appreciate your comments!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautifully written and very moving, a well chosen song too.

      Voting up/beautiful.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, my..I can't see to type because of the tears. How sweet this Hub is. I wrote a Hub about a man who came to dinner and he knew he was dying of cancer. It's about how he affected me and my family. When you have some time, check it out. I will vote this Hub UP.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you so very much Movie Master and Mary 615. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this hub.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Oh Pickles! This was extremely touching. Like our hubber friends, we try to live life trying to impact people with our positive mind. For the many Annie and Sally of the world, God bless!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I am so glad you do Lord and thank you so much for commenting on my hub!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      You did a great job creating such a touching story with this hub! Take care, Kelley

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you very much Kelleyward. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it.Thanks for stopping by!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      You gave such a wonderful story that will bring us all closer.Every day seems more precious when we think it is our last.Even the bad days now look good.You opened my eyes a little wider so I could hold back my tears.You have shared the wonders of life.Have a beautiful day.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Dream On. Wouldn't we all live a richer life if we lived in the reality it could be our last? Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment!

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      Eliza57 5 years ago

      Pickles, you have touched my heart so deep and close. I should have waited to read because I could not stop the tears and I have to go help my dear lovely friend, my husband with his bath. The tears he does not need to see. This is such a meaningful hub to everyone, for me, words cannot express right now. Please, keep up the great writing. Oh, how I remember that song!!

      Take care..

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Oh Eliza57, I know it must have had special meaning to you.Cancer can take away a lot of things, but never our love or our cherished memories. Grasp and cherish every minute my dear friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      This is touching and heartfelt.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for your comment Vinaya. Appreciate you stopping by.

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh my so striking. So sorry for loses. The lessons learned are good advice. Thank You for sharing!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I appreciate the comment Angela. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      This is a lovely story which should be sold for the AARP magazine, a magazine on dogs, a magazine on horses, and any magazine on friends.

      I'll bet a church magazone (several) would love to publish it, too. Go, girl! You'll be famous and a millionaire (whatever that's worth these days....fame and money that is.)

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I will bet that Volkswagon would publish it, too, for selling more blue Beetle convertibles to old friends! I hope you used Volkswagon as one of your tags!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Perspycacious, No I didn't use volkswagon as a tag, but it is a good idea! I used to have one and it was so much fun. Thanks so much for the nice comments. I appreciate them more than you can know!

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      Eliza57 4 years ago

      Hi Pickles, I miss the red Volkswagon I had from the school days, wish I had it now------since gas is not as cheap as it was then. Trying to get caught up on your Hubs.

      Take care.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My 1988 VW Quantum is now almost ready for an Antique Auto license plate. A few more years and even a Vintage Auto plate will do! Even another $1,000 (when it becomes necessary) will still be a bargain! The insurance on the new ones is what I call "medical insurance for a car" and those costs escalate, too, especially with so many uninsured motorists, and under-the-influence drivers dozing off on the roads these days. Be alert and ask yourself the question we learned in World War II: "Is this trip necessary?"

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      A very warm and touching story of friendship and appreciation to life in every way and the animals that contribute to our well-being. I also miss my pa's Volkswagon and it is not blue but white. Originally, it was sky blue...oh, I just love the smell and the sound of its engine! Awesome story, pickles! Love ya!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks so much for the remarks coffeeinmyrice! So nice to have you stop by. Loved my Beetle too.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi picklesandrufus,

      A beautiful story. We need to find the beauty in every day and each other as we never know when our last day will be.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Pickles, what a lovely write. This penetrates into one's heart, making it ache due the reality of each day and all those we love, whether, family, friends, pets ---thank you for sharing this profound story of friendship and love with all of us. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I was crying before I finished the first sentence. Inspiring, and just the kick in the butt I needed today.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you Sueswan, Faith Reaper and Relationshipc. I always feel so gracious when others take the time to read my hubs and remark. I am so glad you enjoyed the read.

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