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Jennifer E. Thomas
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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Paying it forward

On my 40th birthday, just over four years ago, Sam attempted to overdose on his psychiatric medication. Most of you here remember that. It was pretty gritty there for a while.

My friend from #Callahans, ArcMaster, took the bull by its horns and purchased an incredible, heavy duty safe for me to keep all of our household's medications in. That thing turned out to be a lifesaver. On at least one occasion Sam tried like insanity to get into it to OD and couldn't. Thank God. It also kept him out of my painkillers, except when I would forget to lock those back up.

Now one of my closest friends here in Ponder has an addict/suicidal son who keeps stealing her and her daughter's pain management meds.

So today I bought them a safe similar to the one Arc got for me. It should arrive in about 3 days, allowing time for warehouse handling.

It feels good to be able to pay forward such an amazing gift of life as the one Arc gave to our family four years ago.

And I will always have a tender spot in my heart for that good man.

Borderline symptom of the day: gratefulgrateful
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I'm a big fan of paying things forward. :)

how lovely :) and yes, that was an amazing thing to do.

Paying it forward is really a very good thing. Wouldn't it be wonderful if more people did so, and maybe even nations?

What a good idea - the safe and the paying it forward!

It is a good thing, and a good feeling.

He's a great guy, isn't he? He doesn't talk much, but he is pretty cool.