Today is Mom’s birthday and today First Lady Barbara Bush passed. These women were of an era gone by. Mom bought and sold over 40+ houses/homes over her lifetime. I remember Dad looking at a house and having to make a decision on to buy or not and fretting over Mom’s approval since she had not seen the house. And that was after 40 years of marriage! Mom did it all; cooking as in a master chef, fabric as in pillows and samplers and needlepoint and the stuff coyote with catus that she created, painting, raised 3 sons and lost one, played piano and the most beautiful voice. Mom and Dad met when she sang and he played in a band back in the 40’s.
I had a chance to see and photograph the Bush’s when they were campaigning. What I was always impressed with them was how down to earth they were. At a debate held in Cleveland I remember Dad Bush heading out one of the cars waiting for them and hanging out, kinda lost wondering where everyone was. Just very nice real people.
So in someway on my Mother’s birthday it would be nice to think she is there to welcome and guide Mrs. Bush on her way.
Shalom aleichem and L’shanah tovah
Today is the start of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, and I had a chance to attend a service tonight with a good friend. A great sermon which I will post here later spoke of new beginnings, taking care of life. I learned a little about the Book of Life and Book of the Dead. And even though I was totally lost I felt so included. Could not for the life of me even with the words in front of me keep up with the songs yet they felt so comfortable on my ears.
At the end of the service there was a Mourner’s Kaddish and I thought of my good friend Perry. While he is no longer with us I keep him alive within me and all the great times we had. If he had been with me or rather I’d would have been with him, he would have explained everything in detail to me. And then tongue in cheek, explain why I would never really get it. Miss you Perry!
Here are a couple of links for those of us that want to know but don’t quite know… Rosh Hashanah and Book of Life
One last thing, part of the service is the blowing of the Shofar and I had the privilege to have photographed Meira Warshauer’s music that she wrote for a Shofar. Fits nicely with today.
Tonight at Leti and Matt’s is a family, la familia, affair for a very special event. As we eat tamales, not just any tamales, hecho a mano tamales by Mrs. Martin, the kind you will never find anywhere but home. Leti’s Mon and Dad are down to San Diego for a very special event as my baby brother, Matt, has a pinning ceremony tomorrow, being it is only 10:30 here.
This is one of those events that come once in a lifetime for a family. Matt will get pinned with his first star in the Navy as a Rear Admiral Lower Half. He is still my baby brother, but as the eldest family member I couldn’t be prouder of him as he carries on a family tradition of serving out Country. Our Grandfather served as a Marine in WWI and Dad served in WWII in the Army Air Corps, his eldest brother served in the Army and now Matt has reached the highest honor serving in the Navy.
Tomorrow I will have more official news and pictures.
Honor, Courage and Commitment
The gates of the Promise Land are in sight for Dad. It has been a long journey and these last few steps are difficult. The love of his family and friends will help him the rest of the way.
God bless you Dad. Let Him be at the gate and take you to Mom, David, Nonnie and Papaw and the rest of the family.
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