Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In memory of...

This is a picture of Terry Paskins, my father-in-law. He has been gone for 1 year today. I took this picture 4 or 5 years ago. He was horsing around in front of the camera and I warned him that I would place this picture in his obituary, he just posed more. My mother-in-law overroad my picture choice and placed a lovely glamour shot of Terry in a suit, with soft lighting and a slight blur to hide some of the signs of aging. Even today as I reflect on his influence in our lives, I am preparing a talk for the funeral of my grandmother. She was 92. A lot of living happens in 92 years and she saw many amazing advancements in her lifetime. Her mother died when she was 14 of a burst appendix, what a tragedy, and so preventable and cureable today. As always, I am grateful for the blessings I enjoy. So hug someone you love today, and don't take even one moment for granted. Because even after 92 years a death can be sudden and unexpected.

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