Cyber Bullying part 1.
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Cyber Bullying part 1.
One of my favorite pass times since adolescence. Since days if Texarkana. #sappy #sentimental
Or so I have believed. So, On the 2nd was my birthday, the day to celebrate the year that you are born, to celebrate life, and love among those you are closest to. On my birthday, I chose to attend a funeral.
It was a family member although not someone close. A great great uncle who passed suddenly. While I have memories of him, (and his SUV when I was somewhere between the ages of 7-9)
While at the funeral, I have learned much about this part of my family. Until now, I had only known the surface of it.
My father who was born and raised in Texarkana Texas with a population of around 60,574 people. My great great uncle Sherman, my grandmother, and his brother Mel, lived approximately 2 - 3 blocks of each other. Being raised by a single mother, the three had to practically raise themselves.
I was around Sherman when I would go to Texarkana to visit my grandparents up until the age of nine when my grandfather passed away.
What I remember most about Sherman was his friendly greeting, his sweet smile, his warm smiles, the walks to his house, (“left, left, left right, left… I left my wife with forty four kids without any ginger bread think I did right, right, right to serve my country I had a good job until I left, left”)`and his pool. :D
I can’t say I remember too much of my summers there, mostly bits and parts, Texarkana is a ridiculously small town with not much to do, Aside of going to the park to feed the ducks, (still a favorite past time of mine) renting videos, and going to movies. My fondest memories to this day are my grandfathers warm embraces, how he held me in his arms while my sister would watch “Death Becomes Her” in the living room.
While I can’t say I was extremely close with him, I can say that I feel it was necessary for me to take part. Not only to mourn a life, but also to celebrate one. A one filled with life, a love of friends and family, and a love of sports,
When I was nine, I was not permitted to go to my grandfathers funeral. and while I have visited my grandfathers grave and have that bit of closure, it was equally importantly, for me that I have that closure with Sherman. Both have taught me lessons I carry to this day:
Because of my grandfather and Sherman I have learned to hug full heartedly, to listen to peoples issues, to lend a sympathetic ear wherever need be. And to always keep an open mind, and an equally open heart.
My only concern, my only request, and my only desire being that the rest of the family need not know of the day, as I believed it was more important for Sherman to be buried in piece, and for the attention to not be taken away from him.
All my love Uncle Sherman. I am forever greatfull to have had you in my life and you will be fully missed. <3
"I don’t know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it’s all a mystery
Oh to fight is to defend if it’s not
Now than tell me when would be the time that you would stand up
And be a man - for to lose I could accept but to surrender
I just wept and regretted this moment - oh that I - I
Was the fool”
Flaming Lips - Fight Test
Reblogged from breakingnews
Obama makes historic trip to Myanmar
Reuters: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Myanmar Monday. The trip marks the first time a US president has visited the country, which is also known as Burma.
Obama will meet with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, as well as with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He will close the trip by delivering a speech at the University of Yangon.
Officials say Obama is to announce the resumption of US aid programs to Myanmar, dependent on the continuation of democratic reforms in the country.
Photo: A girl gestures after presenting U.S. President Barack Obama (4th R) with a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport November 19, 2012. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
Amy Grant - Whatever It Takes