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 Post subject: Re: Cedar chairs
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2020, 12:04 pm 
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Hi Hutch, I hope sharing this has provided some element of therapy for you, and I wish you all the best as things progress. I enjoyed the read and can relate.

I too, a year ago, had to watch the winding down of life in my grandfather, who was the pillar of what it means to be a man, father, husband, and grandfather, in my eyes at least. The end is challenging, particularly in light of how awe inspiring he was when he was at his best. It was sad, humbling, but also interesting to see him at peace with what he had done with the time he had. It was a good wake up call for me, to make sure that my priorities were in order, to give myself the best shot at such peace. While annual western trips aren't my top priority right this minute, you can be damn sure that I don't let work, cutting the grass, or doing the taxes get in the way of bluegill fishing, flute recitals, and teaching the kids to cast, hike, camp, ski, etc.

I suppose we all have our own distractions and things to accomplish, everyone's unique, to each there own, but I take solace in that reminder after the passing of a loved one, rather than it being to late when our own card is pulled.

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 Post subject: Re: Cedar chairs
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2020, 3:13 pm 
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Hutch, thank you for your powerful post, we lost our Dad a few years back, and what you wrote brings back a myriad of meaningful memories. Our Dad, made it to 99 years old. He was not a "worm dunker," because he hated black flies and mosquitoes, but he loved to have us take him trolling, at our camp on East Grand; and in the fall, he loved to have us take him duck hunting. Even though towards the end, he rarely called us by the right names or called our dogs by the right names, he knew exactly, who we all were. Even though his 6'3" body was getting weak and breaking down, in some ways, his mind remained crystal clear: like when he was playing nightly cribbage games at camp; telling us what it was like for our family during the Great Depression; telling us about his school days at Cony High School, (when he was captain of the basketball team); telling us about his service in the C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps) at Patten, Maine; and telling us about some of his experiences during W.W.II, when he was a Master Sergeant, serving in the South Pacific. Hutch, thank you again, for your heartfelt post, surely, many of us will profit from it...from recalling our own pasts to shaping our own futures.


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 Post subject: Re: Cedar chairs
PostPosted: February 4th, 2020, 7:16 am 
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Thanks all...just cheap therapy for me to write. See you on the water.

Hutch

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