|Tamra Dalene Young|
For years we met outside at 5 am, riding our bikes for exercise, and then sitting out on the sidewalk in front of our houses drinking coffee in the dark before work. It was often one of the best parts of my day. From there, we started riding longer distances and entered some organized rides, 40 miles, then, 62, and even the MS 150. She always pushed me to try these challenges, and I was always glad. We also had many good times boating on the water, sometimes Canyon and Saguaro Lakes, and even using our sons' boats cruising the urban lakes on a sunset cruise with a bottle of wine.
|One of many fun dinners together|
We shared real estate adventures as well, even being crazy enough to do a flip house together! Tami was always there for me. I remember when I was really under a tight deadline to get our 4-plex move-in ready for new tenants. She was still feeling pretty awful from chemo, but she came up and scrubbed those floors on her hands and knees to help me out. We went on travel adventures together too; a trip to San Francisco, another one to Hawaii, girls camping trips and bike excursions. We were planning a New York trip and were going to take our Moms. We didn't get there.
We helped each other with the fun and the busy parts of marrying off our kids, and having grandkids and just watching and helping our kids become adults. We shared the trials and tribulations that Moms do when they care about each other and each other's families.
Tami was a woman who lived large. She loved her family, her friends, and going on adventures. She loved her Harley and her cats, and having a cozy place to come home to. She was determined not to let cancer define her; nor was she going to spend the time she had looking over her shoulder for the next setback. Even when she wasn't feeling great, she made the effort to get up and go, knowing all too well that none of us live forever and she didn't want to miss a thing. She trusted me to help her with some of the hard parts of her fight, and it was my honor to do so. She had her priorities straight and taught me a lot about what is important in this life. She was our Steel Magnolia. I am a better person for having known and loved her for all these years.
Rest in Peace Girlfriend.
|Tami at my daughter's wedding|