Adieu to my love, John
A week ago today, I bid adieu to the love of my life, my husband, my friend, and my life partner. Since January 2010, when John was initially diagnosed with Glioblastoma IV, I knew this day would come, but….despite everything, I was never really prepared. The adventure that John and I embarked upon twenty-five years ago, came to an end. Life was an adventure to John and I am the luckiest person on the face of this earth to have shared those glorious times with him.
Anyone who came in contact with John was immediately drawn to his cheerful and humorous nature. Nothing was depressing in life for him, rather, he made it to be an exciting and alluring event. I would often marvel at his amazing sense of humor and the manner in which he could bring laughter and joy to everyone around him. John woke up early every morning, full of life and ready to enjoy the day to the utmost.
As an educator, John was spotted for his innovative techniques early on and moved on to the Missouri State Department of Education. Involved in several educational programs, John laid the ground work for the Eolia Vocational School, known today as the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center, a massive vocational training center catering to schools and adult education, and served as Director. John’s success was noted and he was selected to be the Director of the Vocational Division of the Special School District of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. This was just the start of the incredible journey that John was to embark upon, leading him to initiate a training facility in Saudi Arabia, known today as the Al Jubail-Al Sinayah University. John was recruited to head the largest energy sector project in Lahore, Pakistan and this is where I met and married John. Even our wedding day was an adventure! Life took on a fast paced and forever exciting tempo and John continuously worked for various projects in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Afghanistan. Life was music and John and I danced, laughed and had a ball!
Wherever John went, he left his mark and I am so proud of have been his partner. Even during the last two years, undergoing three brain surgeries, John kept a positive and upbeat attitude. His main concern at all times was for everyone else. I am not the only one who was infatuated with John. His friends in the States and all over the world have sent in their respect and love. My thanks to everyone.
How do I fill in a short blog and post everything about John….I really can’t. Dear Evanlee, who came over during the last week, rightfully said “you could write a book”….I truly could. My love is gone from this earth but not from my heart. He is most definitely in a better place and I know that we will meet again, wherever….however.
My love, this picture of yours says everything about you. I will say adieu….I love you.