Here I am a t 3:49 AM, unable to sleep on this August morning on the eve of the 15th, 42 years to the day I got home from VN. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter. A line given to me by a dear friend and one that makes great sense.
On August 13, Barb & I had been married 43 years. Where did all that time go? That's an accomplishment not alot of VN vets have made for one reason or another. I was lucky again, a survivor of sorts, my feelings are beyond words. I'm the first to admit that my wife, Barb, deserves a medal for putting up with me. A medal for patience, understanding and unconditional love worth more than the medals I got from VN.
A week's vacation in northern Wisconsin in July brought back some great memories - teaching my grand kids how to fish with cane poles from a pier where they caught more fish than anyone else. Being a captain of a boat and letting a seven year old steer. Oh! Be who you are. Patience is a virtue my friends. I watched Mark Rowan soar like an eagle in those beautiful skies of Madeline Lake in the Eagle River area.
My grandson, Macadam, and I slept in the tent one night. He was a bit apprehensive after listening to stories about bears from his big sister. But, after I assured him by putting an axe in the tent with us, we made it through the night. His favorite pole now is the cane one. His favorite thing is driving the boat fast!
My granddaughter, Madeline, has learned that a cane pole can be used as a fly rod at times when people are not around or in the way. With six people in the boat, fishing can be a treat just watching. Believe me!
There are a lot of Godly wonders in the north woods of Wisconsin and Michigan. The Lake in the Clouds of Porcupine Mountain are a sight to behold. No wonder those old Hamms Beer commercials were so popuilar. Ba Bah Bum Bump. We can't take back time, so savor the memories focusing on the good ones. In the vast universe, we are a mear grain of sand in a great body of water. Lake Superior brings that to mind.
The highlight for my summer was to see Denny Amily back on the road to recovery. We don't really realize how fragile life is until we experience some sort of health issue. We can't thank the good Lord enough for the good health we have.
Psalm 90:15 "Give us now so much hapiness as the sadness you gave us during all our years of misery. Let us, your servants. see your mighty deeds, let our decendents see your glorious might.
Lord, our God, may your blessings be with us. Give us success in all we do!"
God's Blessing to all,
Come share under the tree with me