Happy Thanksgiving y'all. Yes this is my favorite holiday; for many reasons. It is a day to be grateful and realize how lucky we are. It the first American holiday, it is ours no one elses. It marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time when most folks act their best. The food is awesome. So today my lovely bride and I are doing something different. We are spending our afternoon with the neighborhood. Yup a large part of our Flats Rats are gathering at the local pub for dinner. This is not some buffet or thanksgiving special. The pub is actually closed to the public. The pool table will be coverd with plywood and that will be covered with dishes from all of us. We will gather,bringing a cornucopia of dishes and sit down together for a feast like no other. Most of us are empty nesters now and our children have moved off this emerald isle, so we will sit together and tell stories, watch football, laugh, maybe cry, and eat. What children are left with us will run about and be spoiled by the entire neighborhood. Often you hear the saying about a village raising a child. In this neighborhood, we actually do that. We cherish, teach, and watch over the children here and when they grow up and move on we stay in touch. When they return, we rejoice and celebrate. Life is good and I am thankful. So please, enjoy today for what it is meant to be. A day of grateful celebration. Beat whatever swords you may have into serving platters and feast! Feast on the atmosphere of love and comfort with whatever group you are with. Call and touch base with that old friend, tell your parents, children, and friends that you love them. Rejoice and celebrate all that is good in your life. Time enough tomorrow to deal with the things that are not. Peace my friends. Griff
When the war is over We will be proud of course the air will be Good for breathing at last The water will have been improved the salmon And the silence of heaven will migrate more perfectly The dead will think the living are worth it we will know Who we are And we will all enlist again
Thank you to all who have served and all those who still do. Many thanks to their families who endure so much so that we remain free. God Bless you all. Griff
I am now anyways. Yes I have been lost from the world. Life has a way of getting in the way doesn't it? I have been having some fun. I have also been balancing school and work while trying to maintain a househlod, and be a good parent, husband, and son. I did get to travel a bit with my son. We went back east to visit family and friends. We experienced triple digit heat, thunderstorms, and something the lower 48'ers call a hurricane. First stop was Atlanta to visit with family I had not seen in over a year. Got to get reaquainted with some of my grandchildren and daughters. On a side trip I travelled to Virginia and I would love to thank them for trying to make me feel at home. I woke up every morning to the smell of a campfire as the smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp fire filled the city of Norfolk with a woody haze. Then to top that they even had a genuine earthquake just to make me miss my great state. Now that truly is southern hospitality. The off to Beantown for some more R&R. I reestablished a relationship with some very dear friends. They were actually my surrogate parents for many years. I apologized to them be being so out of touch for so long. They did not even blink, shoot they just laughed and reminded me that I always had a knack for getting sidetracked. Then they offered up their home to me and my son, whom they had never met. We had coffe in the morning and dinner at night. Later my son would say, "they act like you never left dad". I reminded him that it was probably beacause in their hearts, I never did. Then came the "hurricane". By the time it arrived in New England it was just a tropical storm. We battened down hatches and chained things down, then sat back and watched. To me it looked like any day in Kodiak. Rain and blowin' 40-70. We helped clean up and then hit the golf course. Finally back to good old Kodiak. My son, after meeting so many of the folks I grew up around, now seems to have a better understanding of why I see things as I do. Nothing like a dose of old fashioned yankee thrift and comments to open up a young man's eyes. One theme popped up every where I stopped. Atlanta - "Dad you should go back to writing in your blog." "Daddy are you going to start writing again?" Virginia - "I heard you had a blog, so I checked it out. Why did you stop?" Boston - "of course you should start writing again, it's how we know you!" On the long ride home I realized that I was truly lost in several ways. I had let life steer me down a path to a point that I lost touch with several people who loved me. I had let sorrow take me down a hall to a self induced isolation chamber. I let carreer lead me away from one of the things I truly enjoy. So yes I was lost, but now I am found. Thanks to all who searched and waited; and finally brought me home. I am back. I hope y'all don't mind. Peace folks, and ask hard questions even if its only to yourself.
Yes, I have been gone. Perhaps even lost. More on that later. "We will never forget", has become the rally cry for this day. I am choosing to say " I will remember". To me that phrase carries more love and less anger. So I will remember: The way the we were before 09/11/2001. The children that day and how they have grown. That now they fight in the two wars started that day. The thousands lost. The hundreds of heroes lost and the thousands of heroes who responded. The tears dripping into my coffee as I sat watching the United States be changed forever that morning. Lastly I will always remember what this country stands for, was built on, and will remain. As long as we all remember. Peace y'all.