This is not a happy day for our extended family. As I write this, one of my son’s father-in-laws is in acute liver failure. It saddens me to say that. I’m sad for his wife of so many years. I’d sad for his two daughters and sons-in-law. I’m sad for his grandchildren who will not really have a chance to know and remember this man. It is, as I said, a sad day.
Today after church we went to our youngest son’s house to watch his two girls and his sister-in-law’s oldest son while they went to the hospital. It was such a small thing, but it was all we could do. In the face of such things we find ourselves powerless, don’t we?
I took today’s photo just a couple of weeks ago on Easter Sunday as the grand kids were searching all over the yard for the Easter eggs that the “Easter bunny” had hidden. They had such delight on their faces and joy! They ran and laughed, squatted down, leaned over, peering here and there for a glimpse of a colored egg to put in their baskets. They had fun! And I treasured every minute of it in my heart and tried to capture as much of it as I could with my images.
You see, I want to have the simple hope of a child again…the hope that says there are fun and harmlewss creatures like the Easter bunny and the Tooth Fairy, that Santa’s reindeer really can fly and they and his sleigh really do land on the roof so the jolly old fellow in red can deliver presents to children all over the world, that there is a Tinkerbell who sprinkles pixie dust so we can fly. I have my faith which gives me a solid hope…but I also am old enough to have discouragements from time to time when things make no sense to me. Oh, for the simple vision of a child again…that looks under bushes for gifts left by a floppy-eared fuzzy, hopping creature!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1967 over North Vietnam, Air Force Maj. Leo K. Thorsness, from the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and his electronic warfare officer, Capt. Harold E. Johnson, destroy two enemy surface-to-air missile sites, and then shoot down a MiG-17 before escorting search-and-rescue helicopters to a downed aircrew. Although his F-105 fighter-bomber was very low on fuel, Major Thorsness attacked four more MiG-17s in an effort to draw the enemy aircraft away from the downed aircrew. Awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous action this day, Major Thorsness did not receive his medal until 1973–on April 30, 1967, he was shot down over North Vietnam and spent the next six years as a prisoner of war. The man was a genuine American hero.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Strange laws: A woman in Memphis, Tennessee, is not allowed to drive a car unless a man is in front of the car waving a red flag to warn people and other cars.