Friday, June 5, 2009

Funny the Way It Is...

Debbie Douglas Pearson April 13, 1951 - April 9, 2007
My childhood friend and Maid of Honor, on board the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile Bay, June 1968.
Debbie and D.S. married just weeks after my own wedding.
Funny the way it is, when I think about it...I have been blessed to celebrate a landmark anniversary...and she cannot - now gone for two years.

We miss her ..... constantly.

Okay, I know I have homework due to all of you. I will be posting some photos from class and telling you all about my big three days of studying architecture and visiting 150 year old farm houses and the characters who lived in them in LaGrange and Troup County, and I really woke up this morning fully intent on getting this done. But first things first.....the Dave Matthews Band was appearing on The Today Show. Now kids, I have to tell you, I love music, and my tastes are eclectic to be sure, but it is summer and it is time for rock and roll! he began with some of his classics, but definitely included a new song.....and these lyrics really made me stop and think ... the music was good...but these lyrics....

"Funny the way it is, if you think about it
A kid walks ten miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is, nor right or wrong
Oh, a soldier's last breath, and a baby's being born

Funny the way it is, if you think about it
Someone's going hungry, and someone's eating out
Funny the way it is, nor right or wrong
Somebody's heart is broken, and it becomes your favorite song..."

These lines seem to have followed me all day long whenever I would think about the passengers of the lost Air France Flight 447 and certainly their families and friends who have loved them..Then I had to go out to an adorable store called Giggles and Coos for baby gifts for a very special baby shower tomorrow. My priest's daughter is expecting her first child. She and her husband are close friends to my younger son; they "hang" out all the time when they are not working. So tomorrow, I get to share in the joy and anticipation of a new life...a precious gift to the world. Then later, I am on my way to the Gulf Coast for a week at Seaside with dear friends and family. So....I was trying to catch up on my emails, and... D.S. Pearson, my personal poet, had sent me several poems....all good-- but one was particularly perfect for the end of this day.


Sorrow doesn't

call ahead

and inform you of its coming.

You answer the door

and find it

waiting there.

D.S. Pearson June 2009


Rowan said...

I like the poem, it's so true and just as well - one thing I've never wanted to do is see into the future. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Michael said...

Have a great holiday in your days, as Larkin put it.

Derrick said...

Hello FireLight,

Your summer sounds as if it will be full of enjoyable things. Have a good time and we'll look forward to hearing about it in due course. It is always best to make the most of the good things that come along.

willow said...

So sorry to hear about your dear friend. I've had the Air France tragedy on my mind all week, too, since WT uses it so often.

Enjoy your up coming trip! Take lots of photos to share with us. :^)

Country Girl said...

What a beautiful poem. And hey, I like Dave Matthews too! He's got an organic farm down by Charlottesville, VA near where my son went to college. In fact, early in his career, he did gigs at the college, didn't he?
Hope you have a wonderful time where you're going. And, as fate would have it, I am going to the very same location only a week after you! We're visiting friends down there.

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