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Monday, May 8, 2017

2016 - 2017 When It's Time To Break Free From The Old ...

                                             
                                                                            THE PINE TREE

 




It's time to say good-bye to the Pine Tree and the precious memories stored and scattered about. 

There are new bridges to cross .... new waters to wade through ... and new flowers to plant. Good bye Fish .. Jake the Snake and Freddy Frog.

 He is not here .... but gone on ahead .........






 Loved one I've left behind ....

 but Snickers, my kitty, traveled on my new adventure with me. 

A quick rest before driving away .. don't forget the little yellow bench ..... I know there will be a sitting  place for it at my new home ...





LAWSON 
 heading out ... bringing precious memories and possessions,
eagerly awaiting what is ahead .. there's no looking back now!

 2002 - 2016
How can I contain all of the memories ......
peaceful ... and traumatic,
restful and dramatic, 
loving and sad. 
Your presence, LORD, placed footsteps to go before me
into this place with Eldon ....  
and clear instructions when to leave after he was gone to be with You .... 
Your presence went before me .... where I should reside
and spend my remaining days 
which you have ordained .....
                              A funny story about the sign ..... 
                                              LAWSON
                                                                                    ANCLADO FENAL
             The tree stump  ... found one day in a forest far far away ...
and the sign ... designed and built by Eldon.
                   "But honey," I pointed out, "you spelled the 
                       Spanish  word 'fenal' wrong ... It should read:   
                                            LAWSON    
                                                                                ANCLADO FINAL
A twinkle in his eye, and a hand raised to his handlebar moustache - giving it a twist of one end - let me know that  the spelling was to stay as etched into the sign. 
 ......................................................................................
 Summer



turned into Fall ..



Becoming Winter way too soon
and way too long
and way too cold!



Jack warmed my heart as he sat with me
at the bench 
dedicated to
someone he never met ....

.......... memories built into the bench
along with the words etched onto the plaque:
'For those of you that I have loved,
and still do,
sing them my song.'  
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I asked my son what he thought that saying, loved by his father, what it meant ...
He said, "We are his song ...."
2016  Christmas ... what a lovely way to end an old year ..
and await the 
2017 joys, surprises, adventures
and love 
that only a family can bring.
Treasure them,
lift them up,
laugh and cry together ....
grow in love and respect,
admonishing each other 
to be of
good character,
and
trust,
forgiveness
and 
faith.