Saturday, March 12, 2016
Friday, April 01, 2011
Remembering Not Over . . . Even If Regular Posting May Be
The experience has been enjoyable. Occasionally I fought back tears as I remembered. One of Lyle's younger friends, John Elam, once remarked to me about how our minds work. He said once a person has thought something they cannot erase it. I believe John would say he heard that from someone else or synthesized another's thought.
Whatever the case, once a person has entered our sphere, our world, we do not forget. Our remembering goes on. And, I know not only will my remembering go on but so will all those who shared life with Lyle along his way.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Five Years . . . Hard to Believe
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Thinking of Lyle watching Will
Today I stayed home. Despite telling Patty I did not feel too bad, she thought it unwise to subject everyone that would be in the office today to the high fever I fought last night. On Tuesdays and Thursdays our Children's Day Out meets. We have received numerous calls over the past few weeks noting someone's child was still battling the flu. Whether or not is was the flu may be debatable. What is not is the need to keep from potentially exposing children and workers just because I sometimes feel overly compelled to push it.
I caught up on some reading and writing. I had been slow posting a series on the selected title for my blog. A proposal I noted I would accomplish some time ago. I offered a post on what it was like to feel good and then suddenly be hit with a fever reaching above 104. I remembered the SNL skit with the Blue Oyster Cult and Will Ferrell. The line that came to mind, "I have a fever and the answer is more cowbell." So, in memory of my late friend and his love for laughter I posted a clip on my site.
It would have been funny to watch this one with Lyle.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Providing the Balance
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
My grandma mentioned tonight that my dad had been building shutters for someone right before he died, and the other day she came across everything that he had had laid out in the barn. So many more things were left unfinished…
The week after Dad’s passing, he and mom were supposed to have started planning for their retirement through the fire department.
One time while at a craft show with Mom, Dad had seen a tire swing that looked like a horse saddle. He wanted to buy it, so that maybe by the time he was a grandpa, the trees on our land would be big enough to hang a tire swing on.
Like Todd said at the service, Dad’s death came too soon. I think that’s okay to say. I think now we are realizing more and more the things that were left unfinished, everything from shutters to time spent with family and friends…
Sunday, October 08, 2006
The fire department has been amazing since we lost Dad, and they have considered his death one of "in the line of duty." For the memorial service, his name was listed under "supreme sacrifice," along with other Oklahoma firefighters who have died in the line of duty. He is also listed on the wall of fallen firefighters, and we got to do a pencil sketch of the engraving.
The grounds of the museum and the memorial wall are beautiful, and the Oklahoma State Firefighters' Association put on a moving, honoring service. It really is one big family, like they say...