sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Times and Seasons

December is a month of mixed emotions for me. Many in my family died in December (the month is like kryptonite to me) and I tend to mope more this month than other months as I still come to terms with that. I lost two close friends early in the month. On Dec. 21, a friend of mine who just recently retired from Federal Service took his own life. 

And yet there is a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to.

I find more time to spend with my grandkids going forward from now through the end of the year, and that provides much meaning, and an overwhelming bounty of love.








14 comments:

  1. Sorry for your loss LL, those are very hard days. But you hit it right on the button - those two grandsons around you are what life and living is all about. And it looks like you're enjoying them! Enjoy the week!

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    1. We are blessed by having those we love surrounding us. In my case, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters simply increase the joy that is found in the season. Thanks for your kind wishes.

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  2. I was on the phone with my mom last night. She was sad about losing my dad. I am too. But like you, I am surrounded with little boys and they are so sweet. Even when they are not sweet, life is sweet.

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    1. The circle of life, Opus #6. It's what this mortal life is all about. And we take joy and love in as much as we can to embrace those around us. I'm sorry about your mother and her situation.

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  3. Merry Christmas Grandpa. Christmas mornings have new life around here with the new Grandson.

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    1. They're a LOT more fun than just hanging out by yourself.

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    1. They favor their grandfather - or so I tell myself.

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  5. Saying goodby to a friend is never easy, is it. I try to remember it all, somehow, if I don't remember the bad it lessens the good.
    We are so blessed to simply be here, and doubly so to have the warm hugs and laughter of children. Nothing better, Gramps, nothing!

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  6. Great picture Larry. Your job, as Grandpa, is to fill their little heads with a love of mischief and fun, which I suspect you are highly qualified to do!

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    1. They're getting full camo and toy machine guns for Christmas this year.

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  7. This Christmas will not be the same, I guess it never will be. It will still be my favorite day of the year, but very few moments go by where I don't think of what we are missing.

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