Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day . . .

Memorial Day

some words come to mind
honor  respect  remembrance
those who have died as they served our country
personal loved ones who have died
children  parents  relatives  friends
husband  father

I find myself thinking of parents whose
  children who have died
 the hopes, dreams, promises that must have also died
i can't imagine the loss and pain
my heart feels love and tenderness.
so much history in a cemetery
i wonder who is still alive in this family
who tends the grave
does anyone come to this grave
what do they remember
i don't hesitate to make a trip to the cemetery.
in fact I find it a quiet place to visit.
there is no rush or scattered, frantic, hurry
i enjoy seeing others tending and reflecting
and i imagine the life stories
of those lives which are now marked in marble and stone
and in the personal markings i see here and there 

we each have chapters in our life
the bits and pieces. the hills and valleys
the joys and sorrows

this is one of my chapters
i made a visit to the cemetery
it was a gorgeous day
i was alone there when i brought my flowers
suddenly i was overcome with sadness
unlike ever before
i don't have to go there to remember
although in going
 i am reminded
falling in love
cities where we lived
first home
adventures  travels 
skiing  boating  camping
plans and dreams
thirty three years ago
life changed
suddenly  unexpectedly
sometimes i just simply miss the yesterdays
even though i feel blessed with my today
Gary Kay Gordon
2-13-39 - 10-14-80


Erin~Just*Grand said...

This is a beautiful post, Lynne. Thanks for helping me remember what Memorial Day is truly about. Xoxo

Jill said...

Beautiful post, Lynne. I would hug you if I could. We never stop missing those we love.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, you sweet and loving soul. thank you for sharing this with us. bless you and your 'today'. :)

babs said...

Such a gifted writer, you are. Very lovely post, so much emotion, such thought....

Hugs to you, my dear friend. I see Scott's coin!

Pondside said...

Ah, Lynne, that was a beautiful piece of writing - and no wonder - it came straight from your heart. It's good to remember, and to even allow ourselves a little sadness in the midst of a life that is a good and happy one. After all - that's life.
Bless you.

MarmePurl said...

I am glad you are Blessed with your today. I am glad we are all blessed with Memories and Todays.

Pamela Gordon said...

Lynne, this is a beautiful post. Precious memories. God bless you. Hugs, Pam

Musings from Kim K. said...

Sending you a virtual (((hug)).

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I understand.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post, Lynne! Happy Memorial Day! You have lots of happy memories and times to remember. And now you are blessed a second time around! Hugs, Eileen!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a special lady you are Lynne. Thank you for this post today. xo

Rick Watson said...

We're flying our flag this weekend too. Nice blog. I'm your latest follower.

Retired Knitter said...

I enjoy visiting cemeteries as well. A reflective time. Thanks for a thought provoking post.

Rain said...

Straight from the heart Lynne. Thinking of you.
Fondly, Rain

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lynne, a beautiful post, so full of reflected love ....


At Home in English Valley said...

Dearest Lynne,
Your heart is big enough for all your memories and all the love it holds inside. Sharing your memories in the way you do is extraordinary...Makes you the amazing person you are. Love you pal! Penny

Jojo said...

Lynne, Such a touching and tender post. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Lynne, I know just how you feel, but but you put it so eloquently! Thank you for this lovely post, beautiful photos, tender words! Happy Memorial Day.

LANA said...

Certain memories always trigger some sadness. I like to think we'll all meet up again someday. Thoughtful post.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Just sending you a hug.

koralee said...

Sending you a big hug...thank you for are so so special. xoxo

Rural Revival said...

The peaks and valleys of sadness, I'm beginning to realize they will always catch us off guard but so worth the memories.