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Missing from the table....
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Rickstir    Posted 12-17-2003 at 07:56:36       [Reply]  [No Email]

A few years ago I read a comment about a fellow that looked around the Christmas dinner table and it hit him like a ton of bricks to think about the family and friends that can no longer be there. Oh sure, with kids and all the table spaces fill up, but look past that and think about 20 years ago and who was at the table.

For me that list includes my first wife (9 years now that she hasn't been there; my dad (28 years) my mom (2 years); my original father-in-law (20 years), an uncle (12 years), an aunt (9 years) and especially my little grandson that only lived 9 hours.

I don't know how to say this, but it's not sad, its life as it moves along. We must move with it. In the near term the loss of a loved one hurts deeply. Then as the old healer, time, moves along the pain slowly is replaced by the memories. And that is good.

This time of year makes me think back and look ahead. So as you assemble next week, for those who are able, think of the ones not around the table.

~Lenore    Posted 12-17-2003 at 13:54:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
That makes me think how blessed I am.
Only one person is missing,
my mom who died at 85 of Alzheimers.
My father passed but he was never at our table.

Miss Ruth my 96 yo neighbor I care for;
is missing this year.
She is totally bedridden now.
We will all 20 of us take Christmas to her bed.

Great    Posted 12-17-2003 at 13:50:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I am bummed...

Salmoneye, The Nostalgic...

deadcarp -oafer pity sake    Posted 12-17-2003 at 15:15:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
salmoneye, what am i gonna do with you? he didn't mean all the sparrows you ever got with yer bb gun, he didn't mention pets or fish and he darn sure wasn't mourning the firewood or last year's turkey! now eat. :)

rhouston    Posted 12-17-2003 at 11:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
never looked at it that way. One Brother gosh 18 years ago, step father 20 years ago, father 11 years.

*    Posted 12-17-2003 at 11:32:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Rickster. We just lost our Father the day after thanksgiving. He lived long, and hard. I hope his example will carry on for many generations. I take your words to heart. God Bless.

Patria    Posted 12-17-2003 at 08:11:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
-"Then as the old healer, time, moves along the pain slowly is replaced by the memories. And that is good."- Good to know, Rickstir, I guess I need some more time..
My mom- 1year, 5months and 6days, she was only 65.

Ron/PA    Posted 12-17-2003 at 08:41:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a great thought Rickster, I'll do that. Patria, I know what you mean, I lost a brother,,(OK he was a brother in law.) last year. This year is a bit hard yet to decorate and celebrate so we'll lay low and say "Just wait til next year!"
Sure hope you folks have a great Christmas, and enjoy the warm weather.
Patria, come January 2nd, I will be ranting at you about your "WARM WEATHER POSTS!" go ahead and start, Hehehehehe,, keep cool dear, I'll be watching.

Why on the..    Posted 12-17-2003 at 10:10:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
..2nd of January??
Should I pick you up at the Luis Muñoz Marín airport?

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