MEMORIES: The year of mourning ends

“My love, were it in my power, I would sadly grant thee this boon. But, we have to continue to follow His Plan for us. Let’s go forth and speak no more of this. Who ever is last will be last. It will be His choice; not ours. We’re but humble custodians of His temple on earth. It’s not our place to trump His plan. Whatever that plan be, know that I will be with you to my last breath.”

— character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 399

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A year ago, I sent out the “Chapter Ninety Eight” message.

So, I’ll sadly  pick up my burden and begin the race to the Finish Line to rejoin her.

When it comes my time, who will send out the “Chapter Ninety Nine” message for me?

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“My love, were it in my power, I would sadly grant thee this boon. But, we have to continue to follow His Plan for us. Let’s go forth and speak no more of this. Who ever is last will be last. It will be His choice; not ours. We’re but humble custodians of His temple on earth. It’s not our place to trump His plan. Whatever that plan be, know that I will be with you to my last breath.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 399

QUOTE: “And I’ve lost her …” one year ago today

“And I’ve lost her … . I’m so sad that I don’t have … . But I’m so grateful that she was with me … . And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” — Chuck Noland ala Tom Hanks in Cast Away (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/quotes

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From: John
Date: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Subject: Chapter Ninety Eight
To: theusualsuspects@reinke.cc

I say again “Chapter Ninety Eight”.

Dona Nobis Pacem.

Sadly,
Fjohn

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MEMORIES: Letter to God concerning Toots

(Inspired by a child’s FACEBOOK post.)

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my wife?

She died year ago today. And I expect is either with you in heaven or patiently waiting her turn for admission. Little confused about that Purgatory thing, and since she suffered a lot during her life, I figure she paid for any venial sins a long time ago. Based on what I know of her life, I don’t think she had any mortal ones on her permanent record. Don’t forget from her twenties on she never had a good day with her diabetes. Childness was another heavy cross she bore without complaint. And, in the last years, the strange blood disorder that she allow the “medicine men” to experiment on her was the final one. Never heard her complain. Although at the end she was impatient to be released from this vale of tears.

I miss her very much.

I am happy that you let me have her as my wife even though she got sick. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. And, she made me a better person.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls — especially catch with little boys, bowling before her legs gave out, and her beloved basketball. Of course, if you have a few slot machines, that would keep her entertained for hours. She can show you her “Irish luck”.

I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my wife. By the way, thanks for giving her that fantastic day January 21, 2011. She felt great; not perfect but pretty near the old Ev of her youth.

I really miss her.

Dona Nobis Pacem

With apologies to a young girl named Meredith who gave me this idea.

Fjohn

2011-01-21 Our Girl feeling 'n' looking good

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I’ve always believed that after a year, one has to grant oneself “amnesty” and move on. I’ve tried to do that after seeing my relatives literally drive themselves nuts with regrets. Today marks a year. I hope that tomorrow the healing begins. Although I doubt it.

Love ya, toots!

(To which she’d always reply “Don’t call me toots!”. Wish I could hear that one more time.)

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MEMORIES: The Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke story (Version 1.1)

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/sharp-elbow-warm-heart/18894209

SEWH COVER

Sharp elbow; warm heart

The journey of a girl born into poverty,
From a tenement walk up
… to … a
quiet passing into heaven
… with frequent stops:
to help people, and
love all the children along the way.

The Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke story (Version 1.1)

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(An EPUB version as well as a future update is planed.)

Updates and addition stories welcome.

 

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