We finally got a break from the rain and the mosquitoes to enjoy some Deck Living.
I enjoy just sitting on the Deck with the girls and let the serenity of our little garden take over 🙂
You were the first of my brothers and sisters to leave us. It’s been almost 3 weeks since you died and I can’t let go of the grief. I busy myself but it’s still raw and there.
You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
You were Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister and Best Friend to so many. You touched so many lives. Your death leaves a void in the world.
We went out on Saturday to the Bristol area. Did some antique shopping and had some lunch. While at lunch this little dude (behind me) had a meltdown. Of course, I took a picture of it! LOL.
I really liked my sandwich. I ordered it solely for the fact it was called ‘The Godfather’. It was most delicious! Afterward, the wife took me to get some Jersey Tomatoes. Which were also very delicious. It was a very happy produce store…the wish everyone to have a Nice Day on the way out! Winning!!!
War is awful. It is important to remember those who fought and died for our rights. That’s why we vote! Many Men and Women died to protect the foundation of our Freedoms.
Our Town hosts the Memorial Day Parade and Dedication.
I remember all of my family who fought and came home. I remember Staff Sgt. Larry Pierce who fought in Vietnam and didn’t survive. I remember Maj. Michael O’Donnell who fought in Vietnam in 1970 and who didn’t survive. Major O’Donnell did eventually come home in 2001 when his remains were repatriated to the United States. Major O’Donnell left behind these words…
If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
REMEMBER them always in your heart!
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