Quote: “You are locked in my heart. The key has been lost. You must stay there forever.” Frau Ava
This morning I went to Huntington Beach at the end of Brookhurst Avenue. Five years ago today we had a memorial service for my brother, Chuck, in the same area after he passed away. I’ve gone down to the same area every year since then just to remember and honor Chuck in my own way. I sit and read, take a few pictures of the water, sand, birds, and shells. I’ll even pick up a few shells like I did that morning five years ago and add them to a small jar on my kitchen window sill. A couple of times I’ve stopped at the cemetery and left a shell or two for Chuck.
I’ve often wondered if anyone else in the family or if any of his friends have done anything similar. I’ve never invited anyone because I like the solitude and being alone with my thoughts and memories. Well, I did bring Nick along one time but had to keep shushing him because he didn’t “get it” – it wasn’t the time to chat. As I’ve sat on the beach I’ve notice a couple guys who are about Chuck’s age and wonder if they’re there to remember him as well. This morning, one guy even removed his ball cap and scratched his bare head in a manner very similar to Chuck’s. I almost went over to ask but decided not to intrude on his quiet time.
After taking pictures this morning, I sat and read while enjoying the warmth of this January morning in Southern California. I think an angel tapped me on the shoulder to make me look up when I did because there was a small group of dolphins passing at that exact moment. There were only 4 or 5 that I could see and I only got a couple of pictures that are so-so. But I couldn’t help but whisper “Thanks, Chuck” when I saw them. I know it’s romantical but for me the dolphins make me think of Chuck playing in the water with Mom & Dad. I smiled and teared up at the thought that they were together and came by to say hello to me on the beach. I actually think of them like that whenever I see dolphins offshore but especially today.
They are locked in my heart. And the key is lost. They must stay there forever.
Here is an update of what was going on Saturday. One relative had to evacuate and two others had the cars packed as the fires forced evacuations in the next neighborhood. Luckily, no one was hurt and all their homes were untouched. Makes you believe in the value of Luck….and maybe a guardian angel….
Just a cute Munchkin
A new friend has started joining us on our journey’s. Her name is Munch and she is special for two reasons. First, our daughter’s favorite animal is an Okapi. She saw one at the SD Animal Park and it just so happens our new travel friend is an Okapi. Second, when Kim was a toddler, her Grandma Waldau once affectionately called her a “munchkin” . It stuck and became her nickname. In her early teens, she said she was too old to be called Munchkin, but after some thought said I could still call her “Munch” if I wanted. Well, many years later and here we are…a stuffed Okapi called Munch who travels with us on our special trips. Enjoy Munch’s journeys……
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Credit for this idea came from a friend’s blog, Scent Weakly, Check it out.
I’m brand new to this blogging stuff so I’m not sure where to start. I just reached the “golden side” of life. There’s no way I feel old enough to be 50! Since I’m the youngest of eight kids I know there’s always someone older than me and my age number has never bothered me. I’ll be adding comments, pictures, and whatever else comes to mind as I learn which direction I want my blogging to take me – and you.
Watch out world, here I come!
Yes everyone, it’s official. As of October 2nd, almost at the end of her first tour of duty in Iraq, Kim has been promoted to a Sergeant! She has been looking forward to this for some time. Here are the pictures of the event directly from Iraq. Eventually her feet will get back on the ground and she will find her next focus. You just never know where she will put her efforts next. She has worked very hard and lately, every time we would get in touch with her, she always had to get back to her books to get ready for the “boards”. We are all very proud of her accomplishment and wish her the best. It’s hard to believe she has been in the Army for just over three years. She has spent time in Missouri, Arizona, Germany and now Iraq. When she finishes in Iraq this November, she will go back to Germany for a few months and then be reassigned to a station in Colorado. It will be nice to have her back in the states and closer to home (and family).
Nicely done Sergeant Stavros…….We love you (and keep safe!)