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Reflections of Yesteryear

Reflections of Yesteryear

Today, I received a package from my Aunt Gloria filled with memories and treasures, some never I had seen,

Some were of Grandma and Grandpa, who I never really had the chance to know, still married they were,

 Photos black and white of a smallish home, it didn’t seem quite big enough for eight active kids and teens,

Inside were also photos of a handsome young man going off to defend our country, leaving the cold, Burr.


I wonder what he thought as he left his family and young lady behind for California’s sunny beaches and the bugle calls,

Though he returned two years later to marry his young lady and take her with him in his gleaming blue car.

A “Just married” sign hung on the back of it as he took her to a new life at the oceanside and seagulls

I wonder what she thought as she traded green, rolling hills for palm trees and mountains tall and far.


As I looked through the photos, there was a card written almost 25 years after for birthday,

On the back was a note, reflecting life’s changes, he told his dad that he was going to marry a new wife,

The hope, happiness and joy felt by the young couple, so long ago, was not meant to stay,

The photos and treasures tell a story, and they are snapshots in time, reflections and intersections of life.

 Photo From Yahoo Search, Rich Cruize, 2013The Sun Peers Thru the Oceanside Pier - February 12, 2013




Mom 1961Senior '83

Mom and I @ the age of 17, Senior photos


Pressed my hand to hers,

Knew I would see her no more,

Our last moment, touch


Pressed Mom to me, We

Rocked in the chair of my youth

 Was a dream, our touch.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #184 Press&Touch

Haiku Horror & Nightmare


His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.


Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #181 Nightmare&Horror



Christmas Blessing

Christmas Blessing

C = Cherish those closest to you.

H = Hope for the future.

R = Riches of love of love & blessings I wish for you.

I = Infinite grace to go with it.

S = Salvation given to All who ask.

T = Thankful for blessings past & present.

M = Most precious birth of Jesus.

A = Adored loved ones near and far.

S = So full is my heart.

B = Beautiful peace, fill the Earth

L = Love unconditionally.

E = Eternal Life.

S = Sharing His Love.

S = Sweet times yet to be.

I = In hard times have hope.

N = New memories yet to come.

G = Giving you my love always.



Casting Your Cares

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” English can be very inadequate at times. The word as a verb, “cast”, has a much more literal meaning in Greek than I ever thought. It means to to throw away or to fling away from you. One article I read described it as dumping our worries and anxieties onto God. That made me a little guilty because I really do not want to dump my problems onto people.164caoceanside But, as a parent, don’t I want to help my child with problems if I can?  Sure, I do! That is the same way that God feels about you and me! When I was a little girl, I went with my Grandpa several times to fish off the pier in Oceanside, CA. Last night, I remembered how my Grandpa would beautifully and smoothly cast his fishing pole into the ocean, far away from him. I recalled wanting to do it just like him, but I didn’t have the knack or experience. Every time I tried to cast my pole, the hook would catch on my wheelchair or on the pier itself. But, Grandpa helped me do it. He was a very special man who taught me many life lessons, even about casting my cares! He always had a way of sharing God’s love!  Years later, there were signs up not to cast your poles anymore when the new pier was built!

BUT Be Brave Be Bold

Daring to live life,

Sadly. there will be some strife,

BUT be brave, be bold.