My Friend, Peggy Reel

Yesterday I attended the life celebration for Peggy Reel.  Peggy made her transition on May 5, 2011.

Peggy taught us how to live and then she taught us how to die.   I continue to be comforted by her laughter just a week before she died.  What a lady!   Peggy lived her life to the fullest, receiving an award from the Country Songwriters Association just last month.

I will be talking more this week about Peggy and the lessons she taught us, but just for today, I want to be sure all of her friends can see and hear the beautiful song written by her dear friend, P. J. Brunson.

Family Ties (Miss Peggy’s Great Story) by PJ Brunson
For Miss Peggy Reel

The lyrics as written by PJ Brunson:

Family Ties

I was sixteen and he was twenty-three
The day my Daddy brought him home for me
He was six-foot-one and a sight to see
A man of few words, but oh he spoke to me
He spoke to me…

Warm summer nights on the front porch swing
Sharing laughter and swapping dreams
My girlfriends were all green with envy
But Jim, he only had eyes for me
Just for me…

Chorus:
Like railroad cars on that Southern line
Our lives came together and our hearts entwined
Sweet honeysuckle vine climbing a tree
Both of us sure that we were meant to be
Meant to be…

The day we wed, he came home
Changed his clothes and said, “You wanna go?”
I said, “You wanna see a picture show?”
He shook his head and just said, “No”.
I said, “You wanna go bowl with me?”
He grinned and said, “Let’s get married.”
I said, “Ok”… and we did.

For sixty-one years we were bound for life
Like two work horses trudging side-by-side
Through the kids and the tears and the pain and the loss
We never let go, never counted the cost
Not the cost…

Chorus:
Like railroad cars on that Southern line
Our lives came together and our hearts entwined
Sweet honeysuckle vine climbing a tree
Both of us sure that we were meant to be
Meant to be…

Jim went home two years ago
And I can feel that cold wind blow
I know that it won’t be long
Until I’m back in his arms

Maybe I’ll take that Southern train line
With my Daddy at the helm and Jim stoking the fire
I know he’ll be waiting for me
Sunshine in his hair and smiling so sweet
He smiles so sweet…

Chorus:
Like railroad cars on that Southern line
Our lives came together and our hearts entwined
Sweet honeysuckle vine climbing a tree
Both of us sure that we were meant to be
Meant to be…

You know life’s a lot like those railroad tracks
You roll along to the clickety-clack
Just keep looking forward instead of back
Count your blessings and not your lack
And you’ll be just fine…
I’ll see you on
the other side…

Oh I’ll be just fine…
I’ll see you on
the other side…

I’ll see you on the other side
I’ll see you on the other side…

© 2011 PJ Brunson

For Miss Peggy Reel — Peggy was such a blessing to all of us!  I am indeed thankful for her life.

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5 Responses to My Friend, Peggy Reel

  1. ED Cronin says:

    I really love this, great, great and very heart felt.
    I like these words, because they are true. Good job!

    you know life’s a lot like those railroad tracks
    You roll along to the clickety-clack
    Just keep looking forward instead of back
    Count your blessings and not your lack
    And you’ll be just fine…
    I’ll see you on
    the other side…

    Keep it up!

    Ed Cronin
    AKA-croninweb

  2. Joan says:

    Thank you, Ed. Indeed Peggy taught us all to count our blessings and not our lack! And to laugh and laugh and laugh!

  3. Betty T. DeLorme says:

    Peggy was indeed a very special lady…as was her family! Beautifully, I was connected to her family (in Athens, Georgia) prior to knowing that you (Joan) were friends with Peggy (in Rock Hill, S.C.). Small world! They were special, as was she! She has truly “given us gifts”…….inspired. I am thankful she touched our lives. And I only can hope that somehow, I have made a difference, as she did! b.

  4. Joan says:

    Oh yes, Betty, I have always been fascinated by the way we both knew Peggy’s family. Life is indeed a circle! wow!

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