What NOT To Say

Recently a friend was commenting that someone said something totally inappropriate to an individual who had recently suffered a loss.  In this case it was a death and the remark was one of those ones that people say ALL the time but don't really understand the impact of the words on the grieving individual.  I have been guilty of it and I would hazard a guess that everyone reading this post has at one time or another made the same blunder. I went to school to be a social worker.  Not that I … [Read more...]

Gone Too Soon?

Life sometimes comes at you full force and hits you in the face.  I feel a little bit like that lately and today's post may be more for me than for any of my readers .  Sometimes it just helps me to put it down on paper.  Or in this case---on screen. I had it all planned out---a nice little early birthday vacation get away for my mom.  We were going to go spend a few days together, see a show, stay at a nice hotel and eat yummy food.  Plane ticket bought, hotel booked, show booked, routes … [Read more...]

Running on Empty

Did you ever feel like you were running on empty??? I kind of hit the wall today.  A lot has happened in the last 12 days.   I think we have all been running on adrenaline.   And today we ran out.  Or at least I ran out.  I can not speak for anyone else.   But I know that I did. We celebrated my father in law's life yesterday and it was wonderful.  We had a great turnout for a great man.   My husband did a wonderful job at giving a tribute to his beloved father.  Our minister did a marvelous … [Read more...]

Tribute Tuesday—-Emil E “Skip” Chiles, Jr.

As promised today I am going to skip my Tuesday Teapots to honor my father in law.  We will be celebrating his life today and it just seemed appropriate.  The calls and emails and texts have been coming in.   People are expressing to us what he meant to them.  When you think about it---you never can really know how many lives you touch.  Dad touched more than most.  As a teacher he led by example.  As an administrator he made the fair and right decisions.  As a community leader he led with a … [Read more...]

Resting at Last

                             Aaron, Dad, and Micah---Christmas 2009 My sweet father in law passed away Thursday morning at 5:00 am..  I shared with you all in a post last week   how difficult of a decision we had to make a week ago--the decision to put him in a nursing home because we just could not continue the care at home by ourselves even with the wonderful help of Hospice.  He lasted just about one week there and I cannot say enough about the level of love and care he received at Golden … [Read more...]

What Is The Message I am Supposed to Be Getting????

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A Flashlight and A Man I Loved

  You saw correctly--that is a picture of a little flashlight.  I always carry it in my purse and today it has special significance.   You can understand because a very special man gave it to me the last time I saw him in August and today this very special man passed away.  When he gave it to me he said it was so that I could carry the light with me and whenever I reach into my purse and find it I think of him.  And today, I think of him even more. He shared a name with a famous … [Read more...]