Oh, My Father

 

Oh, my father
Wish you were here
Ready to listen
Now so much is clear.

You led by example
Without ever knowing
The impact you made
While we were still growing.

You never let on
The turmoil inside
The anguish you felt
Always fighting the tide.

Life never was easy
You worked ever so hard
Without recognition
With little reward.

So much I have learned
In the years since you died
All life’s little lessons
That you bottled inside.

You got up every morning
With one thing in mind
To provide for your family
Despite hardships you’d find.

You never let on
How life ground you down
You just carried on
With a smile, not a frown.

I wish I could tell you
How much you are loved
But maybe you know it
From so far above.


The image of this 1940 Buick is almost identical to the car my father used to teach me how to drive. The image is from www.hemmings.com. You can follow the link to find out more information about the picture.

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

Here are Cee’s SYW questions for this week:

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

Music or silence while working?

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 


Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

My name is Charles Earl after my maternal grandfather and my father (his name was Earl Maxwell but everyone called him Bundy).

Music or silence while working?

Music when cleaning the house.

Silence when working on my novel or blogging.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

  1. My wedding ring. It symbolizes so much.
  2. My health (still going strong as I approach 70)
  3. My eyesight and vision  (with the assistance of my regular glasses and my sunglasses).  They allow me to see the world on my many travels.

The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?

  1. Smoke cigarettes – I was cured of this by my mother catching me smoking with my best friend and making me smoke a whole pack of unfiltered Camel cigarettes one after another. I was green and sick for a few days, but the cure was effective.
  2. Go into space. This was my dream as a boy. My eyes failed me in the fourth grade, which meant I would never fly jets (the first step into space). I studied Astrophysics instead so that I could study space. At my age, it is much too late to take up the challenge.
  3. Shoot a round of golf below par. My current handicap is +20 (down from +28 two years ago). I am steadily improving, but below par is beyond reach at this point. I am hoping to level off at a +15 handicap.
  4. Have a waist size of 32 inches (like when I graduated from high school).

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

After two years of life getting in the way of goals, I have gotten back to writing my second book in my science fiction trilogy (Nu Book 2 – The Esss Retreat). This applies to both last week and the week ahead.

Back in Two Weeks

We are going for our initial voyage on Holland America’s newest ship, the ms Koningsdam. We will be back in a little over two weeks. I hope to have some great posts with pictures from each of our stops in the eastern and southern Caribbean. That will include posts for some of my regular challenges of Sunday Trees, Monday Window, and Thursday Doors.

In the meantime, follow the link above to get an idea of what we are about to experience with a cool video presentation on this new ship.

For My Valentine

Today is not only Valentine’s day, but our 23 1/2 year anniversary. You see, Alice and I were married on August 14th, 1993. We celebrate our half-anniversary every year.

I thought I would write a poem to express how lucky and loved I am feeling today:


Express Your Love

Express your love in every way.
In every deed you do today,
In every look. In what you say.
Let her know you’re here to stay.

As years go by renew your vows.
With every look, with every touch.
The answer to when’s what’s and how’s
Is “I love you so very much!”

So live each day connected and true,
Like it’s Valentines for me and you.
For each day counts. Each kiss, caress.
A love mere words cannot Express.

 

One Word Photo Challenge: Elder

I have a challenge for my followers. For today’s entry in Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge I have a picture of my sister and brother-in-law. This was my brother-in-law’s 80th birthday party. It was also my mother’s 80th birthday party. Wrap your head around those facts and see if you can come up with how that is possible.

Here is my sister Marie and her husband Bob:

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Here is my mother Shirley and my step father Bill:

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Both pictures were taken in the middle of September in 2005. Unfortunately, none of the four are still with us 11+ years later.

 

Proud to be an American

Nowhere else in the world has the peaceful transition of power, every four years, been uninterrupted by strife. America is a beacon of freedom for the world. I have high hopes for our new president, Donald J. Trump, and the United States of America.

Lee Greenwood expresses this best with his song “God Bless the USA”. Take just a minute to listen to this Utube rendition:

Daily Prompt: Invitation

The Invitation

Even though it’s formal,
Love is at its heart.
Anything but normal,
A journey at its start.

Friends will gather near,
Family in the fore.
The bride will then appear,
Her beauty all adore.

Wedding vows recited,
As eyes are locked in love.
The couple so excited,
With blessings from above.

So join the bride and groom,
Becoming man and wife.
Accept the invitation,
To celebrate their life.