Friday, June 25, 2010


I have now done something I cannot believe!  I stood in line for six and a half hours to pick up a new iPhone.  Now, I was not really sure I even wanted this phone, but my family seems to believe I will LOVE it.  I hope is the first NEW phone I've ever the past I got the one someone upgraded out of!

TBO had ordered the phones for us last week and he has done extensive research on the phones we need...if it fits in my purse, rings, gets reception, I'm good.  Anyway, I want to let the people at the Apple Store know how much we appreciated their hard work of keeping order in the lines, the distribution of water and snacks, chairs, umbrellas and cheery updates of timelines.   The store we were at had a wonderful staff and truly did do a good job.

I am thankful that it wasn't as hot as it had been the past few days, and we had a little cloud cover as we neared the Apple store, which had no awnings.  So, if I am slow to pick up your call the next few days, remember I am climbing the learning curve, but, if I miss your call, I promise to call you back as soon as I figure out how to tell you called.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Worst of Times, The Best of Times

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times. (Apologies and nods to Charles Dickens)

Two weeks ago, at a family gathering celebrating our oldest son's birthday, one of my daughters-in-law received a call informing her of the death of her cousin, a Marine, in Afghanistan.

The worst of times:

  • Thinking of his parents, his widow, his sons, his extended family, and his friends.
  • Realizing that this young man was my youngest son's age.
  • Not being able to go to California to pay our respects and support our daughter-in-law and her family.

The best of times:

  • Traveling to this young man's childhood hometown for a memorial service.
  • Driving to the church in the procession escorted by fire trucks and police cruisers, turning the corner and seeing what would become hundreds of people standing at attention, waving the flag of the country for which this young Marine died, and displaying such affirming messages to his family.
  • Honor guards at the church, both inside and out.
  • His commanding officer, who made sure all knew that if it hadn't been for this young man's bravery in 2005-2006, he, himself, would probably not have been there.

The bittersweet times:

  • Remembering this young Marine in his dress uniform, escorting his wife at his cousin's wedding.
  • Spending Easter with him and his family and enjoying him interacting with his boys and wife during the egg hunt.
The truth:

  • He believed that he was doing called to do what he did, as have so many of our service people in the USA. Semper Fidelis. You will be missed, you will be remembered.