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January 2, 2013

Year-end review, rhyme of this past year

NORMAN — The time has come for my year-end review, when I rhyme a sum of words just for you.

As I reflect and harp on things which occurred, I detect some were sharp while others were blurred.

So before we store this year on the shelf, let’s explore once more: Here is 2012.

What a football team were the Tigers of LSU, and it would all seem the title would be theirs, too. But they lost. The other side made us fall. Oh, the cost. The Crimson Tide played better ball. Then on the West Coast, playoffs Saints did not win. So our fans can’t boast, the complaints did begin.

In early May, our niece, who had long been ill, passed away, rest in peace. We all miss her still. Made the long drive for one purpose and took my wife. We did strive to make the service to honor her life. Once there, saw flowers by her, some tethered above, that’s where those were ours that Heather would love.

We’d grieve, then begin in our minivan to leave for our inn for some sleep if we can. Once there, I would park without much thought, where in the dark it turned out where I sought was way under a tree, then the next morn’s hours, that day’s wonder to see? All these adorned flowers.

All over the van they graced the hood, called my wife, Suzanne, for I understood that ere that day, blooms near Heather were ours. But there’s God’s way. They put together these flowers. Suzanne, in her grief, thought my tale not to be true. But it’s my belief. God, Heather and me? We knew.

Drove down there again. Why? To have some June fun, the town where had been my high school reunion, thought back over these four decades ago. Brought back memories, how it fades, their glow. So it was great once again to brighten their light. But what my fate might have been at a frightening sight.

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