Pictures Worth 1000 Words

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by Sammie, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Sammie

    Sammie Well-Known Member


    Keepin' It Real and Gettin' It Done...
  2. ups1990

    ups1990 Well-Known Member

    Ronald Reagan, my favorite President, during my lifetime.
  3. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    I loved Ronald Reagan.
    He was my President.
    He was my first vote.
    Ronnie was my hero.

    It is impossible for me to write this post without feeling great emotion.

    As a former President, Ronald Reagan was now much more accessible to the people around him and went out of his way to make himself available to those who wanted to meet him. He was patient and gracious in shaking hands with and signing autographs for anyone who asked, and he genuinely enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life. Reagan delighted in hearing the personal stories of his visitors and spending time with his guests. Often people were overcome with emotion when they met Reagan, but he would always put them at ease and reassure them with his kindness. Whether he was hosting a visiting head of state, meeting the building’s janitor, or being entertained by a group of school children, Reagan was always gracious and cheerful, truly energized by interacting with people of all kinds. He was grateful that he had been elected President of the United States by the American people. They had entrusted him with that position, and he wanted to express his gratitude to them everywhere he went, not out of duty or obligation, but out of a sincere heart of thankfulness and genuine interest in others.
    Announcement of Alzheimer's Disease

    November 5, 1994
    My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
    Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing. They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.
    So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.
    At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.
    Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.
    In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
    I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
    Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.
  4. bubsdad

    bubsdad "Hang in there!"

    Ronald Reagan was my Commander In Chief when I was in the military. I was actually part of a detachment that took care of the roads and built the temporary helicopter pad on his ranch near Santa Barbara,CA. Every time we went up there I hoped for just a chance to see him. Unfortunately, I never did, but the secret service guys were real cool. They told some pretty cool stories about the way he treated people.
  5. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Wasn't Reagan just a :puppet: with Nancy pulling the strings:peaceful:
  6. bubsdad

    bubsdad "Hang in there!"

    Pretty sure you've got him confused with the Clintons. :sheepish:
  7. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    A lot of eulogies were written for Reagan, but I particularly liked the one written by his daughter, Patti Davis:
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I like that ... true of every parent/child relationship.
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Not at first but perhaps toward the end...
  10. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Three pt....Two pt...One pt....BEER
  11. bubsdad

    bubsdad "Hang in there!"

    Very true.
  12. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Guilty. I took this post down a very emotional path.

    I posted three pictures hoping to fill that 1000 word requirement.
    3 point contact in the New Orleans Superdome while climbing stairs.

    Then I found myself climbing out of bed in the middle of the night to reread the words of Patti Davis. Patti pulled the unhealed heart strings of my past year open and exposed for me to finally examine.

    My father was dx'd with Alz in May 2008. He was dx'd with Pancreatic Cancer in July 2008. He passsed away in September 2008.

    I felt that being Dx'd with Pancreatic Cancer was a gift. He would rather feel the pain and look in my eyes and recognize the love deep inside me, than become an empty shell and not know who I am or understand who he has become.

    Jones...thank you again for the post.
    Patti Davis...thank you for the words.
    Daddy...thank you for some how making me into me the strong confident woman I am today.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2009
  13. fethrs

    fethrs Well-Known Member

    Aj that made me cry, what a post, whew! Sorry for your loss but your love is strong.
  14. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Everyone...thank you for building a safe house to open my closed heart.
  15. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Thank you for serving our great country.....
  16. bubsdad

    bubsdad "Hang in there!"

    Can't imagine how hard it must be to realize that being diagnosed with cancer would actually be a blessing. Either would be devistating. Can't imagine the emotional trauma your family went through. Focus on the good times.
  17. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Made me cry too.
    Have a good day!
  18. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    And me as well. :crying:
  19. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    It is very appreciated, toonertoo and dilligaf, you helped me with my tears. Because sometimes I can't even force myself to cry.

    2008 is the year of loss.

    My father asked me for permission to die. I remember the moment and someday when I am stronger I will blog about it.

    My father was sad and he looked to me to be his strength. He said that he was sad and he wanted to cry but he couldn't. The emotion was present but the body had ceased to work.

    I told him that I had enough tears inside for both of us.

    Those tears get pumped while I drive to work...Garth Brooks..."...does she know how much I love her....if tomorrow never comes..."