That Thing With Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers –
that perches in the soul –
and sings the tunes without the words –
and never stops – at all…

— Emily Dickinson

Today is James’ birthday. This is one of the “firsts” I have been dreading; James and I always treated each other to a special dinner at a favorite or must-try fine restaurant for our birthdays. That time has past, that life is gone. Knowing I didn’t want to be anywhere else today, I drove to North Georgia to spend the day with his mom, sister and brother. We will visit and place flowers on his grave. We will grieve. We will mourn. We will find joy in our love, comfort and hope in our faith. But despite all that we will share, we will walk away with nothing to fill the holes in our hearts and still too many days until we will see him again.

Happy birthday, James. You are — and will always be — my sunshine.

"At-one-ment", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/10 at 1/100 sec., 122mm

“At-one-ment”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/10 at 1/100 sec., 122mm
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  1. Thank you very much for this beautiful entry. Once again, I am sorry for your terrible loss. My sincere condolences for James’ family too. Please take care, and God bless.


  2. Today is a day to celebrate the life of James. I hope you are able to do that rather than to be engulfed in sorrow. I’m so glad you were able to get to Georgia to be with your other family. I’m sure there will be lots of happy stories shared. I’ve already smiled this morning thinking of some of his hilarious “James-isms” (you can get glad in the same pants you got mad in; Barbie is trying to save the world one towel at a time; and the list goes on!!). Love you!


  3. So glad you were able to make this meaningful trip to Georgia. I know it will be a difficult visit, but I hope you will find time to share special memories of happy times with James. Love you.


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