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Goodbye blooms

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I’m guessing those winds will take a lot of the color out of our picture this evening. It’s a shame because its such beauty that makes many stop in their tracks and gives great joy and contentment.

Magnolia tree next door Photo by Mike Hartley

Magnolia tree next door
Photo by Mike Hartley

As we get older there are these reminders of friends and family who might not be fortunate enough to see another beautiful season change. It reminds me how lucky I am. My Mom taught me many lessons, but one important one that has always stuck, is that there is always someone worse off than you.

She would show me examples as we wandered through Bethesda Naval Hospital when I was very young. Kids back from Vietnam in the mid to late 60’s. Maimed and dealing with none of the support system that is there in place today with both physical and mental assistance. And you could see these guys making that effort and ignoring their gruesome wounds. It showed incredible courage.

So as I sit here thinking of the challenges ahead for a relative, I’m thankful that I have the health I do have, though it’s not the best, it could be much worse. And I’m appreciating every change of season and every day like it’s a gift. Well, maybe I don’t cherish every winter day.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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