Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN? Moments To Remember!

THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's personal destination better if you remember
THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN LIFE, ONLY LESSONS

LIFE IS MADE UP OF YEARS THAT MEAN NOTHING AND MOMENTS THAT MEAN ALL

Twenty-six years ago this morning, my wife, Julie, and I met my son, Mark, and his wife, Mary Kay, for breakfast at the Sheraton, Maui at Ka'anapali Beach, pictured above.  Mark ate a humongous waffle.  Mary Kay broke her toe on a piece of coral.  I recall the day vividedly.  We got in late the night before because of difficulties with the Maui Shuttle from Honolulu.  When we met I informed the kids that "the shuttle blew up this morning, all lives were lost".   Mark replied "It's a good thing we came in on it last night".  I explained that I was talking about the space shuttle, Challenger.

The shuttle crew were explorers just as much as was Christopher Columbus or Magellian. .

The tradegy was shared by school children across the country who had come to school early to observe the space launch.

My daughter, Kimberly, through the astronaut's father, was acquainted with Judith Resnic.


The other astronauts were Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Chista McAuliffe

.  DON'T LET THE DARKNESS OF THE PAST
 COVER THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FUTURE

MOMENTS TO REMEMBER

I heard about the assination of President John F. Kennedy on the radio of my new 1963 Ford driving to my job as a foreman in the Curing Division of the Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company.

LIFE IS MADE UP OF YEARS
 THAT MEAN NOTHING
AND MOMENTS
THAT MEAN ALL



I also learned of the bombing of the World Trade Center on the radio.  I was outside at our lakeside retreat, painting, when the news was announced.  At first I thought New York was being attacked by bombers, much like Pearl Harbor.

I remember walking across the street to tell a neighbor who was working on his house.  He poo-poo'd the news.


 I was driving home from work when I heard about the collaspe of the Silver Bridge, across the Ohio River in my home town of Point Pleasant, WV with a loss of 55 lives.

My brother, Henry, riding in a car pool heading for work, was one block off the bridge when it went down.

A high school girl friend, Naomi Patterson, and her five daughters were unaccounted for and feared lost.  They were alright.

ONCE IN A WHILE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ORDINARY LIFE,
LOVE GIVES US A FAIRY TALE

I remember distinctly the births of each of my three children.  I also remember the births of each of my nine grandchildren, I was present for each of them.  I didn't make it to the births of my seven great grandchildren, but I treasure each of them.  I remember holding Jennifer, the first grandchild when she was brought home from the hospital.  I remember taking Riley, shown on the left, for his first trip to MacDonalds.  I remember teaching  Riley to say "Snot Rag" to his mother's horror.  Yes, I went right out and bought him several big, red hankies.  At the same time, I bought him his first belt.  A boy should have a belt.

NEVER FORGET YESTERDAY,
BUT ALWAYS LIVE FOR TODAY...CUZ
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TOMORROW
CAN TAKE AWAY

I remember receiving the news that my Mother was dying.

DON'T RUN THROUGH LIFE SO FAST THAT YOU FORGET WHERE YOU'VE BEEN
BUT ALSO WHERE YOU'RE GOING

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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