|Bobbi and Debbie, our dear friends...|
We miss Debbie and Bobbi immensely as they both are such beautiful friends, inside and out. When we see dolphins, we think of Bobbi, and when we see butterflies, we think of Debbie. We will treasure their loving friendships always.
We have taken comfort in this poem given to us when Radeen's father passed away in 1984. Once again it brought us peace during these sad times.
Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone!"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying...
|The Ladies at Green Turtle Key, Abacos, March 2012|
|Girlfriends aboard Island Spirit in Ft. Myers Beach, FL|
Bobbi, Debbie, Radeen, Patricia and Mary Ann
|Debbie and Craig, Greenport, NY, Merry Go Round IP Rendezvous|
|Debbie and Hayden aboard IP 440 CHAMRED|