First, the winner of Barb's adorable snowman is ....
Congratulations! Please email me with your mailing address, my dear friend.
Next, some more serious thoughts ...
Isn't the cycle of life amazing?
Birth, zipping through life, death ... when I really contemplate it, it's surreal. I can't quite wrap myself around it.
And anyone else feel that HUGE hole of emptiness when someone leaves this earth life? Even when it's someone you aren't super-close to? The world is just ... well, empty without Brett Banks and his comrades. Brett was one of the aircrew of USCG 6017 who lost their lives in a helicopter accident. Brett and his wife are friends of mine. The entire crew is from Sitka, Alaska - my home town. It's a small town - about 9,000 people. The whole town is grieving. The world just isn't the same.
And then, there's birth. Nothing like hearing the first cries of a newborn baby. What a miracle! And their skin - oh-so-soft! The smell ... Is there any better scent than that of a new baby?!? My granddaughter Cali entered this world shortly after my friend Brett left it. Thank you, Cali, for filling in the hole. You've filled it to overflowing.