Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independance Day


What does the fourth of July mean to you?  I was going through the drive-thru at McDonald's yesterday for a cup of coffee and the cashier asked me if I had plans for the fourth.  I just looked at her and she said she had not gotten that response from anyone else.  Later on yesterday I got to thinking about what the fourth meant to me.  It means, barbeques, beaches, swimming, sun and fun.....No not really!  Freedom.  We are Americans and we are free to live our lives as we choose.  We are free to vote for whom we want to be president.  We are free to speak our minds and to disagree if want to.  We have freedom of religion.  After-all this is why we are in the United States anyway.  Our fore-fathers came here to have the freedom to worship the way they wanted to. Michael did his AIT training in Aberdeen, Maryland.  We were fortunate enough to see him graduate.  While we were in Maryland we took the train into D.C. This was an awesome experience.  We saw the Vietnam Wall.  I was moved beyond words.  I remember running my hand over the names on the wall.  When I think of this I also think of the song the Statler Brothers sang, "More Than a Name on a Wall."  It goes like this:

I saw her from a distance

As she walked up to the wall
in her hand she held some flowers
as her tears began to fall
and she took out pen and paper'
as to trace her memories
and she looked up to heaven
and the words she said were these...
She said Lord my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
and Oh I'd love to see him
just one more time you see
All I have are the memories
and the moments to recall
So Lord could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a wall..
She said he really missed the family
and being home on Christmas day
and he died for God and Country
in a place so far away
I remember just a little boy
playing war since he was three
But Lord this time I know,
He's not coming home to me
And she said Lord my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
and Oh I'd love to see him
But I know it just can't be
So I thank you for my memories
and the moments to recall
But Lord could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a wall..
Lord could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a wall..

This is what the fourth of July means to me.  When we were at the wall I looked for a name I remembered as a little girl.  A boy that lived two doors down.  His name was Dale and he died in Vietnam.  I didn't find his name because there were so many people there and they were doing the same thing as I was and we had a limited amount of time.  Someday I would love to go back.  I want to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington. Yes, the fourth is more than picnics and fun. It is a time to remember what a great country we live in and how proud we should all be to have the right to live here. I think of 911 when I think of the fourth and what it means to me. Our freedom was compromised that day. But the United States fought back.  We are resilient and strong.  I am proud to be an American.  I am proud of all those who have fought and died for me and my family and friends. The song above is a tear jerker, is it not?  But there have been thousands of mothers just like this one who have lost their sons or daughters while fighting for the freedom we enjoy.  We live in the greatest country in the world.  God Bless America and all it stands for! 








 
 

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Lone Lilly

My little Lilly growing all alone

How smooth your velvet petal

One day your shining in your glory

Next day your almost gone





I love to see your soft delight

Your sense of dewey love

There is a freshness that dawns for me

In morning's early light

TRIBUTES TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM AND THOSE THAT DIED

VARIOUS PICS FROM VARIOUS PLACES IN MAGNOLIA

When you were my little sister
Sometimes I didn’t like you much
You were a brat, and ratted on me
When I thought I knew it all

Even though you got spanked
It was a fun ride huh?
Golf carts required no license
So why should that Barracuda?

I always wondered if the keys would
Ever be found
I didn’t tell you then cause
Besides being a brat you tattled

But then we grew up and went separate ways
You grew into a lovely young woman
You were still my little sister
But not the brat I once thought you were

We’ve shared many moments together
Stumbled and fell, yet never failed
To be there for each other
Sisters are that way

My prayer for you this special day
Is to see life come full circle
To know your worth is measured
In the kindness you bestow

We share that special bond
Only sisters can attest
To understand, not judge, just love
No matter how we fail

So be happy, enjoy the rain when you
Hoped the sun would shine
Change only if you want to
Sometimes roses bloom in winter.

By Debbie Aycock Williams 2008

I love you,
Happy Birthday

copyright 2008

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The leaves are gone and bare branches solicit the heavens The warm days are spent, lingering blades of grass Glisten from the morning frost Seeking absolution from their iniquities. Ensuing eradication wounds the external covering And when they have relented at last The hope of resurrection rests in the seed That was scattered long ago. By Debbie Aycock Williams copyright 2009

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Kathryn how do I describe the overwhelming pride you bring to my heart?
When I think back to that rainy night you were born until this very day that is
Filled with sunshine and happiness, accomplishments and expectations of what tomorrow holds, I remember a precious first grandchild, What excitement ensued.

From the time you pushed the front door open and went head over heals down the steps and we spent half the morning in the emergency room. Of course you were fine and I was a wreck. The hours we spent reading and playing will always be memories I cherish like no others. Memories of birthday parties, a scared little girl going into the operating room, Christmas and Easters at Granddaddy ‘s and Mama Kitten’s, vicious bathtubs, special times of doing nothing but being together. There are memories here: Toys you played with, books you read, notes you wrote and pictures you drew; Saved in a box with your name on it and They are all here in my heart, the same heart that is filled with love and pride for you Kathryn, For all you stand for, the caring, loving, kind woman you have become. You are one of God’s gifts to me. I love you.


Nana
written 2009 for her graduation 2010 Now that she has read this

in her yearbook, I can post it on my blog! I love you Kat!







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SPECIAL THOUGHTS FROM OTHERS

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As I walk through my garden I touch the tiny leaves
Of my lonely rose bush

It stands all alone, by itself
No other nearby

The hibiscus grow profuselThey entertain each other with colors of purple and white

And mix together as the wind blows
Back and forth

But my little lonely rose bush
Has no other to share its quiet beauty

Only the bees occasionally fly by
And my fingertips when I feel the velvet petal

Someday soon, I shall plant another rosebush
So my lonely rose won't stand alone

And when I no longer walk through the garden
My little rose won't miss my loving touch.


By Debbie Aycock Williams

Copyright 2007


I'VE DISCOVERED I DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE KEITH WHITLEY

TO MY THREE GROWN CHILDREN AND THIRTEEN GRANDCHILDREN I ALWAYS WANTED YOU TO

BUT MY KIDS ARE GROWN AND MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE GROWING UP,BUT STILL I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!