day twelve: sally

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Sally Ann Duke.  She changed my life with a simple email that said, “Would you mind if I gave your email address to Billy?”  I, of course, responded with my usual non-committal self.  Sure…I could always use another friend.  Of course, 10 months later that friend and I were married.  But that’s another story for another day.

I’m so thankful that Sally and her husband were spiritual parents to my husband when he first started his walk with the Lord.  And I’m very thankful that I have Sally as a friend.  She tells the best stories.  She has the ability to take something as mundane as doing the dishes and turn it into a grand tale that will have you bent over in laughter.  It really is a gift.

I have been to many get togethers at Sally’s home over the past 11 years.  The definition of hospitality is the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.  When I read that definition, I immediately think of Sally.  The first time I was in her home, I was a stranger.  And yet I felt welcomed and loved.  And even when not in her home, Sally makes strangers, guests, visitors and friends all feel the same.  She just has such a magnetic personality that people are naturally drawn to her.

So not only do I love Sally’s spirit, I also admire her faith.  She and her husband were married 21 years before they had their handsome son, Samuel.  I am sure her faith was tested, tried and shaken.  And yet, when I met her she seemed very at peace.  It was a great day when she told people that she was expecting a child—a true miracle from God.


So now Sally and her husband have been married for 30 years and their son is 9 years old.  They live in Greentown, IN where she grew up and went to Eastern elementary and high school.  She is the head of a travel club for seniors at a local bank.  It really is the perfect job for her.  She is a great entertainer and the people who go on her trips really love her.  And while it is a lot of work (more than anyone could imagine, I’m sure), she admits that she would not be able to have a ‘regular’ job because she would be stir crazy.

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I was happy when she said that she would let me interview her and since we don’t live close, I gave her a call on the phone and asked her the round of usual questions.

Have you ever taken a personality test?  “I did one once and I was a sanguine.”  What were the other choices?  “sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric and melancholy”  Sounds like a bad case of the cold and flu to me.  “hahhaa…yeah it does.  Oh and I’m a last born although I am very organized, like order and balance my check book every friday.”  Does ANYONE but Sally still balance their checkbook??

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  “a music teacher”  Would you want to be that now?  “I don’t think I’d have the patience.”  Teachers—you rock.  I agree with Sally, you all have a LOT of patience.

What’s been your favorite vacation?  “going to Scotland because it was a family vacation.  I love my job but it is Still a job.  So it was nice to have that vacation.  We visited the Lochs and it was wonderful.”

What vacation exceeded your expectation?  “my first time to the Grand Canyon.  I was mesmerized.”

What is your favorite song right now?  “Days of Elijah by Charles Jenkins and Chicago Fellowship.  They also sing Awesome.”  I’ve not heard their version…is it on youtube?  “I’ll look….(she found it)…excuse me while I go dance.”  haha!

Sally has a great voice.  She sang at my wedding.  So I asked her what songs she loved to sing.  “a song that I wrote called Cover Me.  I’ve never sang it for anyone.  I always think about how Esther prepared herself before going before the king.  And whenever I pray, I say Lord I’m not worthy to come before Your throne.  Cover me in the blood of Jesus and clothe me in His righteousness.”  I want to hear this song.  I hope she finally sings it for others some day soon.

What is your current hobby?  “other than reading and music, my big project is trying to get my music into the 21st century.  I still have music on tapes.  I’d love to get it all on mp3 files on a laptop dedicated to just my music.  And I do scrapbooks of Sam.  But real scrapbookers would picket outside of my home if I said I was an actual scrapbooker….so probably not that.  I still love to write poetry too.  I write when I need to get stuff out.”  She is a woman of many talents 🙂

Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched.  “It was The Guilt Trip.  I watched it from a mother’s perspective of having an only son and thinking I don’t want to do that.”  I’ve seen it.  It’s hilarious.  Please do not become that mother.

What were you doing 10 years ago?  “I found out I was going to have a child at the age of 39.  I was doing the same job.  On the weekends, Bobby would go fishing and I’d go to auctions.”  She is to blame for my obsession with auctions.  “Now I hang out with Sam on the weekends.  I do love yard sales, though.  It is fun to stop and see what I can get with the $1.35 that is in my cup holder.”

What book are you reading right now? The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill.  I always thought she wrote fluffy Christian love stories.  But my mother in law testified about this book at church and so I figured I should read that book.  I was rereading the Guernsey book but then I heard the testimony.”  So I haven’t read The Witness but now I’m going to.  the Guernsey book is actually called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Long weird name but awesome book, I promise you.

What is one thing you’d do if you weren’t afraid?  “take art lessons.  I don’t want to be one of those people, though, that has mediocre paintings of their grandmothers hanging up.”  well, you could take lessons at home on youtube and no one has to know if you are mediocre or not.  “that’s a great idea!”  Glad I could help 🙂

What’s been your most life changing moment?  “finding out I was pregnant at 39”  yep.  I’d say that would be life changing.  No matter if it was your first child or your 5th.

Finish this sentence.  Before I die, I want to “celebrate Samuel’s 60th birthday.  I’d be 100!….no don’t put that.  hmmm…I don’t know, I have too many thoughts running through my mind.”  Well Samuel’s 60th is a good answer.  “ok go with that.”  (I think everyone thinks I expect a super profound answer…I don’t.  Just an honest one.)


And that is my friend, Sally.  I’ve only touched on a few parts of her life and I really do appreciate her so much.  I’m sure if you know her, you have some amazing stories, too.

Tomorrow I’m going to write about a lady that I’ve only known for about a month–my Mom Life mentor mom, Tracie.


2 thoughts on “day twelve: sally

  1. Loved reading about one of my very best and closest friends Sally. She is a treasure for sure and as you described Rachel, her sense of humour is “second to none” she has me in stitches, I’ve laughed so much to the point of aching joints and bones – literally. I have to say I strongly disagree with her on one point though. Pastor Charles Jenkins recording of “Days of Elijah” is not the best, her version is much better.

    • Any song she sings, she sings well—I agree. And it should be noted that she said it is her favorite song right now—perhaps not her favorite song of all time. But I disagree with you because I really enjoy hearing Bro. Brian sing it—perhaps they should sing it together?!

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