Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mother Nature's Seizure

If you think there’s a calm before the storm, you should also think of the calm after the storm. We’ve had some wild weather here lately and, no doubt, will have more in the near future. But after each flash, rumble and drench, the violence ends and it’s peaceful again. Almost as if the skies need to relieve themselves of a built-up tension – sort of what it’s like when you have a convulsive seizure.

Then the skies clear; if it’s daytime, the clouds move out, the sun returns, the streets start to dry and it’s such a nice day. At night, the stars come out again. In either case, we can almost hear the atmosphere exhale in a mighty, “Whew!” and pick up where it had been before all this happened.

The rage is over, the seizure has passed and we are once again at peace.

Everybody has a story.
Ruth Allen Davis, age 103, died June 22. Mrs. Davis was the elder daughter of Gilbert Shaw Allen. She delighted in the knowledge that her father was born at sea as her grandfather was a sea captain and took his family with him on the lengthy voyages. Mrs. Davis loved to tell others about her yesteryear, being a member of Troop 1, the first Girl Scout Troop to be organized in the Boston area and how they made their own uniforms; watching the lamplighter work his way down the street each evening; hearing of the Titanic catastrophe right when it happened; surviving the troubles of the Depression years; being an Air Raid Warden in World War II.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone has a story: Bill Smith was a man of many stories, each more compelling than the previous ones. He was a man of esteem, honor, bravery, intelligence and, most importantly of all, honesty. If he had something to tell you, he said it. No matter the nature of his remark, it always was delivered with respectful candor and a snap of Irish wit.
We could say if there were more Bill Smith's, the world would be better. But there could only be one. There could only be one.
Bill's perfect day was an afternoon on the porch, an icy cold one for happy hour, and an evening watching Jeter and A-Rod add one or two vignettes to Yankee lore. That was his perfect day, and perhaps he found a few. But his real days found him steadfastly serving. Serving his country, both in war and long after. Serving not just as an advocate for improved veterans'
healthcare facilities and policy, but also their best social advocate. He kept forth on the tireless effort of trying to keep legion posts and other veterans organizations going, knowing not all members of these groups shared the wealth of family and love he had. He could have given it all up -- the column, the hard work, the service to his country -- to spend time with family or simply to enjoy what remained of his golden days. But that was not Bill. He never sought the perfect day. He never took the easy way.
Now he's gone, to a better place we know. And perhaps, finally, on to that perfect day he so richly deserves.

June 26, 2008 7:54 PM  
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June 26, 2008 7:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I removed the double post.

Bill was special: he worked for others, never gave up and --as I see in military people-- thought as much of his buddies as he did of himself. Perhaps more.

May he rest in the happiness he brought to so many people.

I hope the vets' organizations keep his name and memory alive.

June 26, 2008 8:57 PM  
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