Happy Memorial Day

Good Morning,

Happy Memorial Day to you all as we remember all our courageous Veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, our beloved Country and our way of life.

Being that I have significantly down-sized from our days back there in the big house in Dallas, Tx the memorial display in my current gardens is a lot simpler, but has the same meaning.

I fondly remember all the years of comming home after working my overnight shifts as a pharmacistin my post-Army retirement years to be greeted by all the American flags that Terry would proudly display in our front gardens in honor of our fallen veterans and in appreciation of my 22 years of active duty service. It was always so touching.

I also remember how Terry would like to go to the Veteran’s cemmetaries and take some impactful photos of all the flags placed on the graves of each fallen veteran in honor of sacrificing their lives for us all.

Have a great day with your friends and loved ones today and remember our fallen soldiers.

Luv,

Gary

Give Two, Get Two, Now Weep for Three.

In my previous posts, I told you about my daily 25 mile bike rides along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa and that on the 12 1/2 mile leg out, I usually enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature along the way, but on my return trip of 12 /2 miles I tend to think about Terry and become sad and teary eyed knowing that when I return back to my RV, he is no longer there in person to greet me. However, I did say that the mother bird living in the inside portion of my RV hitch continues to stay there and provides me some confort. “Little bird Terry” who was one of the 4 little birdies born on Terry’s birthday on 4/5/18 seemed to stick around just a little bit longer with his mother than his three other baby bird siblings. However, a few weeks ago “Little Bird Terry” finally spread his wings and flew off to bigger and better things.

These last few days I have begun to become depressed again. Some of it is due to the rainy weather, some because of my thoughts, love and renewed grieving about Terry and also now being a bit bumped of being right there at the scene of that accident last week where a young mother (Jessica) and her beautiful infant daughter (Lilia) were tragically run over and killed by young teenagers racing along Bayshore Boulevard. Since that accident, I haven’t had the motivation and drive to bicycle along Bayshore Boulevard again.

However, finally late today (Sunday) the weather finally cleared up a bit and I convinced myself to once again bicycle along Bayshore Boulevard. I knew that there was a shrine of flowers, ballons and stuffed animal left right there at the site where the 2 victums (mother and daughter) were killed. So, I decided that it would be fitting to take the two stuffed animals that were given to Terry when he was sick and to place the two stuffed animals at the shrine today as a small symbol of my sadness and love and to hopefully feel sone comfort that perhaps Terry was helping Jessica and Lilia in their transition to heaven.

So now during my 12 1/2 mile bike ride back to the base… I will think and weep for three souls who died so young, namely (Terry, Jessica and Lilia).

Now here is where the miracle of joy comes in…..When I returned back home to my RV and took a look in the opening of my RV hatch,,,to my surprise Terry’s bird mother had once again laid more eggs (I assume a few weeks ago) and they hatched today to bring life to yet two more little birdies!

So today I placed two stuffed animals at the very spot where the shrine had been established for the two innocent angles tragically killed on Bayshore Boulevard and now as I returned home I was surprised and comforted to have received two new precious baby bird house guests who will be temporarily living in my RV hatch hookup until they are strong enough to spread their wings and to fly away from their mother and to live a full life on their own like ” Little Terry” recently did. I have named these two new baby birdies”Little Jessica” and “Little Lillia” in honor of the deceased mother and infant.

As I continue my bicycle ride to and from Bayshore in the future, i will now pray and weep for three souls (Terry, Jessica and baby Lillia)

With love,

Gary