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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Red Dress Diary: Entry 14 - What I Know For Sure

Mad Dog's gettin' married! Every Friday we're reading from her "secret" diary as the big day approaches! Shhh... Entry 14:

The day after tomorrow I become Melinda Lyons. I have had the name Melinda Bailey for forty-one years, but I wanted to take Tom's name, I guess, as another symbol of a new beginning. I still can't believe I am getting married after such a long and happy marriage with Sid.

We all have hardships and pain to endure in this world. At times life can be so cruel that you don't believe you will ever be happy again. But there is always hope. Hope keeps us going and is the light at the end of the tunnel.

As I went through the grieving process, I never hoped that I would marry again. But I did hold on to the idea that one day I would be happy again. I didn't know how or when, but I had to believe in my heart that I would eventually find a way to enjoy life like I did before Sid's death. Combined with that, I had that great healer called time. I also worked hard to find my happiness.

So for anyone out there who is going through a painful time--have hope, faith, patience and work hard to help yourself. You can be happy again. I know!

Melinda (Mad Dog)

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Mary Cunningham said...

No one has gone through this process with more grace and determination than you, Melinda.

Much well-deserved happiness to both you and Tom!

(now, if I can just get used to calling you Melinda Lyons!)


WOOFers said...

Thanks Mary! That means a lot to me. And it will be hard for ME to get used to that new name!


Diana Black said...

Mrs. Lyons! Calling Mrs. Lyons!

Can't wait to hear from our dear Melinda now that she's tied the knot.

Wonder where that red dress is now?!?!?