Thanks for all the visits and comments, everyone!
You may have guessed by now that I'm offline again with my chronic computer troubles. Looks like it's going to be gone over the weekend as well.
On the other hand, I went to visit Lucy at the trainer's last Sat and I am so proud of her I could BURST! I have pictures to post as soon as I can do this somewhere other than the public library. My time here is limited.
For Memorial Day:
A few years ago, when I was working for a newspaper, I sat across a table at our County Courthouse from a pair of Veterans who had survived the Battle of the Bulge together. I was getting details from them on a local WW II Memorial that was in the planning stages at the time. We were sharing a box of donuts and a pot of coffee. As we visited, I observed that what was left of the hair on their heads was grey and thin and arthritis had left their hands and arms swollen, stiff and gnarly. One of them had been partially disabled by a recent stroke, but both of them spoke with great pride in their fallen comrades and in the difficult task they had undertaken together and achieved over half a century ago. Their friendship and devotion to each other was exemplified in one small gesture: the man who had suffered a stroke suddenly choked lightly on a sip of coffee and a piece of donut, which began to dribble down his chin. His friend, without hesitation, reached over with his own napkin and quietly cleaned off his chin for him, without even interuppting our conversation.
God bless our Troops, past and present!