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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Has Sprung....Time for New Beginnings


I cannot begin to explain how much running the series on my father meant to me....and, apparently, to you, my dear readers. I received an unbelievable number of comments, emails, and, text messages. It is apparent that I struck a nerve with many and reminded yet others that life is short. Your messages were all horribly poignant and meaningful for me. Thank you for taking your time and for sending along your encouragement. Yesterday was a tough day for me...and I have very few tough days. I was alone in a hotel room in San Diego last night, and not doing too badly at that point, when I realized that it was coming up to the hour at which my father died. I noticed that Nathan had sent me an email so I fired one back at him and mentioned the specific time. Precisely 12 minutes later, at exactly the time my father passed away, my good friend Nathan text messaged me. He knew, he remembered, and there I was in San Diego with tears in my eyes again. Nathan also commented on something that, truthfully, I had never really seriously considered. He said: "Now I get it.....the Spirit of Saint Lewis." You know, the blog name never started out to be about my father at all. Lewis is my middle name, my father's first name, and of a sudden it's taken on a whole new meaning for me. I'm through talking about it now. I hope you enjoyed the series. He was truly an amazing man in his own way....as each of us are in ours.

Spring officially began a couple of hours ago here in Portland. If you were here, you'd know that it's right on time: Flowering cherries, plums, daffodils, crocus, flowering quince, forsythia, buds on many trees, and the tulips are trying their best to bud. The top of my refrigerator is a gathering spot for dust, delicious chocolates that our good friends brought to us, an extra bottle of white wine (Riesling from Idaho), and numerous seed packets. It's time to get them planted. Maybe in the next day or two....right after having my blood taken first thing in the morning (cholesterol and liver enzyme check).

I've also found out that I probably will be visiting Orlando again TWICE in April. I wonder if the boys will have me back for a repeat dinner? Maybe not after this little doo-dah.

11 comments:

Nathan said...

Spring is my favorite season of the year!

I'm so glad I could be the one texting you at that very vulnerable time last night. Sorry to make you cry, though. I didn't want to make you cry, I just wanted to send a hug your way :)

Good for you on getting your blood tests tomorrow. I try to keep up with those too, especially since high cholesterol can be hereditary.

Emmie said...

I'm sorry for your loss but I am encouraged by your words. I think that different things mean differently at different times.

MiKell said...

Of course you are welcome to come back, let's go to a different restaurant though.

And all of you should lay off the pitchers of tequilia drinks.

Christopher said...

Thanks for sharing those posts about your Dad...just beautiful!

Bitch, you were in San Diego last night & didn't let me know?....I shaved and everything...we could've gotten drunk & made out!

dbv said...

those were great posts...

quince, i couldn't remember what it was called when i was in seattle, but i knew i'd seen it at the flower market here...

when will you be in florida, if you fancy a 3 hour drive, come to the beach or maybe i could pop up to orlando, i'll be there around the 15th till the end of may... a little me time!!! it's very rejuvenating!!

troy said...

oh how i miss springtime in portland. hope to see you and blair when i'm in town for duty on the 21st

Sorted said...

You are definately welcomed back. I will look into taking the 18th off. I know I cannot have the 25th as I have an important meeting on the 26th. Call me and let me know.

Spider was released this afternoon around 4:30 -- he looks good and plans (depending on what happens next) to BE THERE!!

Stacey said...

Thank you again for your beautiful series about your father, it reminded me how much I appreciate mine.

Spring has indeed sprung, today was spectacular, I may have to wander my way over to the Japanese gardens tomorrow...

Paul said...

Lewis, you are your father’s son. And you always will be.

I was deeply touched by your tribute to your Dad. I couldn’t comment when reading any of the three posts; I was too consumed. Crying with you. Smiling for you.

I believe that his “essential life lessons” for you will never be over. The one line that really hit home for me was:

”To this day, I try not to cast judgment at situations I know little about.”

Don’t we all know so little about so much?

Kevin said...

We'll welcome you back with open ... arms.

jo said...

Lewis, you wrote so beautifully of your dad. You really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing that.