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Angie "Quiggins" Robling
April 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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So so loved this story Eddie, the value of lifelong friends is So Priceless, especially in this generation, when it seems everyone just lives for today, Tossing Glitter Days



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 12:39 am
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    Angie- Loved writing this piece and remembering special people and times. Thank you so much for reading and adding your voice to Farm Stories! ‘Tossing Glitter to you! xoxo

Rhonda Loft
April 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm
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I’m so glad you had her. So sweet, xoxo!



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 12:55 am
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    Rhonda- She was and will forever be a wonderful friend. Where would I have been without all my fabulous girls!!!
    Thank you so much for reading and supporting Farm Stories!!!
    xoxo

jennifer tooley thacker
April 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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Kathy and I have been friends since grade school and I remember well that time in our lives. She was brave then and still to this day is. She was going through so many changes that the rest of us couldnt imagine and she did it well. But because we were so close I know it wasnt always easy. Such a beautiful person …inside and out. I look with pride at her and her boys and how she raised them. I feel so lucky to be there with her then and still call her my friend forever. You are so right Eddie. That was a magical era. So many things happening…growing up in the 70’s was eye opening ,liberating, the music, the clothes …..the hair ! I was meant to be a hippie ! Lol.! I loved this story of yours !



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 1:20 am
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    Jennifer- Thank you for sharing your voice and feelings about our dear friend Kathy. That time seems so far away and yet so close. It was a magical time period. And even through difficult times we found so much celebration in that which we loved. Yes, eternal hippie is wonderful! Tossing Glitter’ to you!!! Thank you for reading!

Jenny Burns
April 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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so many levels. I love my story-teller friend! thank you for reminding that we are never forsaken.



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 1:21 am
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    LJB- Thank you always for everything…
    xoxo

kathy hayden
April 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm
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Well the truth comes out. Yes Ivy I was the one who, your son “forgot”, guess I didn’t ask……not thinking there would come a point when I would need to stop….. to tell me where the brakes were, and I was the one who knocked the fence down and let the horses out, not your fabulous, my best male friend in this world….for life…no matter what, son who kept this “secret” for 43-44 yrs. to protect me. I was literally praying that those horses would be caught and you wouldn’t get in trouble and you wouldn’t be allowed to hang around with me any longer. Thank God for Papaw!!! You never hesitated to say that you had ran into the fence…..I was ready to take the blame and was surprised when you quickly said you did it. I may have put on a good “front” walking thru those church doors that first time, and every time, but inside I felt like I was going to throw up. I knew how the older and younger, would be whispering excitedly, gossiping, even was ask by one if Jason was yours since we were like “Mutt and Jeff”, (Didn’t realize how that would sound, since you are now married to Jeff, until I typed it….and Eddie I’m not calling you “Mutt”!!) I even was told by my Mom that she had been ask, by some of the older ladies, if Jason was yours because we were always together. She encouraged me to tell who the Father was so people wouldn’t be assuming that, but the real Father was out of the picture and I didn’t want him in it and felt it wasn’t anyone’s business so I refused. I, as you implicated, already knew you “weren’t attracted to girls”, except as friends, in the inner you, even though it would be years before you would actually come out and tell me. I just knew you that well, and I didn’t care. I loved you, not your sexual orientation. To me you were “That Perfect Boy”. NEVER will forget the moment on the phone, when you said “I have something to tell you. I’m gay.” I said “I know, I’ve always known.” You practically yelled at me and said “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME?!” I just laughed and said “It didn’t matter to me and I THOUGHT you knew.” You have been with me thru thick and thin, when we were just kids and still are. I still get in touch with you when I am having a “melt down”, you were there for me when we were just kids, then when I was pregnant and after I had Jason, when very few were, and have always been with me, even though we were miles and miles apart and lost track of each other for years. We have always been closer than most friends, sometimes we could even finish each other’s sentences and thoughts….we just had to look at each other and didn’t even have to use words. Often we could read each others thoughts. You brought back memories I had forgotten. I do remember the hayride and lip gloss, but not before you mentioned it, but I have soooo many other memories and none of them were bad, except the dirt bike incident and you being the first I told I was pregnant other than the father, and the friend who took me for that almost abortion, that more than ever makes me cringe when I think of what I almost did and what I would have missed out on in life without Jason. That same day as the dirt bike incident we went into your camper and “played” Sony and Cher, music blaring, using hairbrushes or something for microphones. You drew a portrait of me, using a pencil. I still have it and the other things you gave me like that beautiful little pearl/white sequined clutch purse that my Granddaughter has already ask for but told her she would have to wait until I am gone to have. I used that purse at my wedding you sang at. I never told you this, but as my Dad was walking me to the Alter, my eyes fell on you. I got tears in my eyes and thought “I’m loosing my best friend, why couldn’t things be different?” The ONLY good thing that came out of that marriage was my second Son, Jeremy. I have made more than my share of mistakes in my life, but if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have the precious family I have now. My life would be totally different, and I can’t imagine my life without the family I have now. There is a reason for everything. There hasn’t been a day that something has made me think of you…….My soul mate who I KNOW will be there for me for life. I loved you then, always have, always…..thru eternity will. My love and admiration for you is boundless. I couldn’t be more grateful that you came into my life and are still in it. But most of all I am so proud of you, the courageous man you have became and glad that you have finally found happiness and hope you realize you are “That Perfect Boy”. You and Jeff “Toss Glitter” for eternity. I hope you know how much you mean to me, what an impact you have made in my life, and how much I love you!!! You were my rock during those tremendously difficult times and my BEST friend during the good times. May you and Jeff be blessed with ONLY great things……because you deserve it. XOXO <3 <3 🙂



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 1:31 am
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    Kathy- I loved writing this piece on you. It made me laugh, cry and feel blessed. I’m so happy you liked it. Thank you for always loving me in my true authentic and imperfect self.
    Love always…
    xoxo

Terenda Wyant
April 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm
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Beautiful! Keep writing! Love you



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 1:34 am
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    Terenda- Thank you so much for reading and adding your voice to my Farm Stories. Whenever I see your photos on FB of Vacation Bible School that you teach it always makes me feel so childlike and happy! You always were and continue to be such a wonderful girl.
    Love you!!!

Kathy Dispenza
April 17, 2015 at 2:25 am
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Another great story, my friend!! Love you!!xoxo



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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    Kathy- It was a real joy writing this piece and remembering Vacation Bible School, the cast of people in my life at that time and of course my beautiful friend. We’ve all broken through barbwire at some point in our life. And come out stronger and more determined. Thank you always for reading and supporting my Farm Stories. Guess there is something special about girls named Kathy!
    Love you…
    xoxo

Kat Cockerham
April 17, 2015 at 2:57 am
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A lot of things here I have experienced in my own life. Thank you for lovingly putting these memories down in writing, Eddie. They touch so many more than may ever admit it, and that’s okay, they still affect them. Thank you for sharing the strength you didn’t even know you had. Thank you for being such a shining example of a perfect boy!



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    Kat- We have all had to break through barbwire at different times in our life. And we begin to realize who we are and why. And though our circumstances may be different the feelings are very much the same. I simply don’t know where I would have been without all the girls. Thank you for being one of them. Your voice, support and love mean so much to me!
    xoxoxo

Eliza
April 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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Thank you for sharing your amazing talent of writing these memories we have all lived through in one way or another. Just breath taking each time I read this era, I feel like I am entranced into the 70’s and reliving the movement. XX



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 8:08 pm
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    Eliza- No bigger compliment than shared memories of mine allow your own to come through. We’ve all had to break through barbwire at some point in our amazing life… Thank you for reading!!!
    xoxo

valorie davis
April 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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I swear i could see this all in my mind as i read it. So beautifully written. loved it! xoxo



    chromedust
    April 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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    Sis- Can’s you just see Papaw running through that cornfield!!!
    Thank you for reading!!!
    xoxo

jason
April 18, 2015 at 12:16 am
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Hi. I’m Jason. Yep, that Jason. Thank you for sharing this story. I may or may not have she’d a tear reading it. Ok. I did. Thank you for being such a great friend to my mother. I’m 40 now. And so thankful for people like you. And my amazing mother.



    chromedust
    April 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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    Jason- So amazing to hear from you!!! I don’t have to tell you what an incredible mother you have. I loved writing this piece about you both. I can see you so clearly in your baby carrier that 1st time she carried you into church. Precious memories. Thank you so much for adding your voice to Farm Stories!!!
    Best to you always!!!

charlena
April 18, 2015 at 7:21 am
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Eddie, you already know how I feel about this story love the analogy with the barbed wire i have been so blessed to have you and kathy in my life as always xoxo love you my friend



    chromedust
    April 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    Chuck- I loved writing this so much! Precious memories! Love you!!!
    xoxo

Ivy Floyd
April 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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I learned something new again! You and your grandfather kept that secret with the horses for a long time. Good story and well written…love you



    chromedust
    April 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm
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    Mom- Thank you so much for reading and adding your voice to Farm Stories!!!
    Love you
    xo

Susan
April 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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I could feel the love in your words as I read. Excellent as always. ♡♡♡♡



chromedust
April 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm
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Susan- Your kind words and support mean so much to me!!! Thank you for reading Farm Stories!
Tossing Glitter to you!!!
xoxo



Sherri Tredway
April 23, 2015 at 12:04 am
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Boy, friends like this are such keepers?! Glad you had one another! And your Papaw sounds pretty cool too!
Loved the story, Eddie! Very touching ❤️



    chromedust
    April 23, 2015 at 4:51 am
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    Sherri- Where would we have been without those special friends? They are family in our hearts. PaPaw was everything. Thank you for reading and adding your voice and heart to Farm Stories!!!
    xo

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