by Lois N. (Booklover57)
Way back in 2006, a request was made to me for a James Patterson book. It was from Dixie in Texas. About a week later, I made a request for a book from Dixie….and so our friendship began.
We started corresponding, first on the PBS site and then via personal emails. We quickly became fast friends. Our friendship continued over the years but the distance between our homes, me in NY and Dixie in Texas, made it difficult for us to communicate other than an occasional phone call.
Our friendship grew as we each shared our lives. We shared our children’s trials and tribulations, sicknesses and marriages and even some sad occasions.
More than most, we talked about our beloved pets.
The years went on and we continued our friendship, until we realized we’d both be in Las Vegas at the same time. Once we discovered that, there was no question that we’d find a way to meet in person. That meeting took place just last week on May 9th, 2013. We met at the Texas Station hotel and had a wonderful lunch together. I got to meet Dixie’s two daughters and she was able to meet my 3 friends (who she already knew through my emails). It was a great afternoon and something we’d looked forward to for many, many years.
As happy as this story is…there is a very sad note to it. I returned from Las Vegas on Sunday and on Monday morning found an email from Dixie’s daughter…shockingly, Dixie had passed away on May 12th, Mother’s Day.
This was a blow to me as I had just had the pleasure of meeting her and now she’s gone.
I will miss her everyday as there was not a day that we did not communicate.
Thank you PBS for giving me the opportunity to make a wonderful friend!
Note from the PaperBackSwap Team: Dixie D. (Dip) first joined PaperBackSwap on 2/20/2006. In a bit over 6 years, she mailed over 900 books! Dixie, we miss you too!