The Mourning After

     With my daughter Rachel’s wedding rapidly approaching, I couldn’t help thinking of those who were instrumental in her upbringing, and who will not be in physical attendance. They all passed within a short span of time of one another, as you can see by names and the dates below. First Uncle Bill, (my wife’s brother) then days later his mother (Gramma) and then my mom (Nana), in May. Now I know with great certainty though, that they will be there in all they’re glory. Love transcends all planes….

     So, here’s to Rachel’s; Nana, Gramma, and Uncle Bill.  We know you’ll join us for the festivities..  “Come early stay late”! (Oh, yeah, can you bring good weather with you, PLEASE?)


The Mourning After 

A year has passed,

the hurt has eased,

no, not gone,

but, random at least.


Memories still come,

like waves, off the sea,

not the windward surf,

but, the more gentle lee.


Like a breeze that wafts,

after springtime rain,

not like before,

as the hurricane.


The season of grief,

like a wound, will heal,

though the scars remain,

they are concealed.


When loved ones pass,

how great the pain,

seemingly endless,

but, this too shall wane.


Our daily lives,

are the focus now,

day by day,

the mind, us, peace allows.


So on we go,

as we know, we must,

the tears once shed for them,

are more now, shed for us.


 Jack Downing

                                                                                                Jan. 2010

In memory of: Bill Nicklassen 1/14/09

Doris Oppici 1/22/09

Marie Downing 5/07/09



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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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One Response to The Mourning After

  1. Beth Ann says:

    This brought tears to my eyes when I read it because our grief is so fresh. I know without a doubt that your loved ones will be smiling during your wonderful celebration this weekend!!! Enjoy and embrace.

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