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-- Ryan has been at Southern now many weeks. While he is distanced from us, his dad and mom and sisters (Heather and Holly) here in Florida, his move to Southern has brought him closer to other family members. His Grandma (Dotty’s mom) lives near Southern, as does a fabulous Aunt, (Dotty’s sister) and 3 cousins… Much less known to him, but very well known to me, are the parents of my own father; Genoa and Pearl Rigsby. They rest in that silent sleep of death, in the cemetery on the tiny hillside up the road from the elementary school, the Academy, and now the new middle school. And there they await the Second Advent of the Christ… as we wait too…

-- One of the things I promised to do for Ryan while he was away, was to ride his motorcycle from time to time. You know; to keep the battery charged, to keep in motion all those parts built to move, to keep a machine made to run, running. Except I now realize that this Yamaha FZ6R is ALSO pretty fun to ride! I’m sure, somewhere along the way, he must have mentioned how fun it was to ride… And when I ride it, how can I but think of him?...

-- There are good things that happen when one’s child goes away to college; Once, some time ago, I gave up my parking space in our garage to Ryan’s Blue Mustang. He’s gone, so now I again park inside… While he parks outside up at Southern!
Perhaps, when he’s on break and back home, we’ll revert to old form. His car might enjoy being inside again for a spell, and mine outside…

-- I miss Ryan’s laugh. Spontaneous, by some measures explosive, full of mirth and delight. Next time he’s home, I should try to surreptitiously tape one and thus enable myself the consolation of listening to it from time to time…

-- It’s said that parting is such sweet sorrow. (As in parting from our freshmen students…) Sorrow, I guess, only if you really like and enjoy and love the person! And sweet for the same reasons. Sorrow that we will now be apart; sweet because such fond memories will linger. Things change, life lunges forward, and circumstances direct and cajole and pull us in various directions. Parting though can be thought of as temporary; especially for we Christians. For we also hold to something like a doctrine of reunions. And magnificent ones at that!
 

 
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Random Thoughts
December 02, 2010

-- Ryan has been at Southern now many weeks. While he is distanced from us, his dad and mom and sisters (Heather and Holly) here in Florida, his move to Southern has brought him closer to other family members. His Grandma (Dotty’s mom) lives near Southern, as does a fabulous Aunt, (Dotty’s sister) and 3 cousins… Much less known to him, but very well known to me, are the parents of my own father; Genoa and Pearl Rigsby. They rest in that silent sleep of death, in the cemetery on the tiny hillside up the road from the elementary school, the Academy, and now the new middle school. And there they await the Second Advent of the Christ… as we wait too…

-- One of the things I promised to do for Ryan while he was away, was to ride his motorcycle from time to time. You know; to keep the battery charged, to keep in motion all those parts built to move, to keep a machine made to run, running. Except I now realize that this Yamaha FZ6R is ALSO pretty fun to ride! I’m sure, somewhere along the way, he must have mentioned how fun it was to ride… And when I ride it, how can I but think of him?...

-- There are good things that happen when one’s child goes away to college; Once, some time ago, I gave up my parking space in our garage to Ryan’s Blue Mustang. He’s gone, so now I again park inside… While he parks outside up at Southern!
Perhaps, when he’s on break and back home, we’ll revert to old form. His car might enjoy being inside again for a spell, and mine outside…

-- I miss Ryan’s laugh. Spontaneous, by some measures explosive, full of mirth and delight. Next time he’s home, I should try to surreptitiously tape one and thus enable myself the consolation of listening to it from time to time…

-- It’s said that parting is such sweet sorrow. (As in parting from our freshmen students…) Sorrow, I guess, only if you really like and enjoy and love the person! And sweet for the same reasons. Sorrow that we will now be apart; sweet because such fond memories will linger. Things change, life lunges forward, and circumstances direct and cajole and pull us in various directions. Parting though can be thought of as temporary; especially for we Christians. For we also hold to something like a doctrine of reunions. And magnificent ones at that!
 

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