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Its OK

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This morning I was faced with a dilemma. And that lead to a second dilemma. Normally I wouldn’t elaborate on either because they are rather personal. But upon reflection of the day, I can say I felt the right choices were made. I normally go to Arlington cemetery on Memorial Day to pay my respects to my parents. But my Daughter called the night before and invited us over for the afternoon and we accepted.

I had planned to go over to the cemetery in the morning after work today but postponed that visit. I asked their forgiveness in this last night and told them the reason. I vowed to be over soon. But I still felt conflicted. That was till I got to my Daughter and Son in laws home and got to hold the baby again.

We were there a bit and she was laying on me, but she was tired. I lifted her to give her to my daughter for changing. She was a little cranky but I leaned over close to her and she calmed. She was looking at me intently and I whispered to her that Great Grandma Shirley and Grandpa Jim said hello. She smiled as I said each of their names which completed my answer.

It might have been just that I look funny or she could just like the sound of my voice then, she is still very young. But the timing of their names and her smile just for that second or two were them saying hello and it was ok. I had made the correct call. While its right to honor and show respect for those past, its always important to keep them living in the present.

Photo by Mike Hartley

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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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