It's an odd thing. When I started blogging I had no real idea what to expect beyond writing things down and having the occasional person comment. That I have somehow managed to make such friends as all of you has come as a complete and wonderful surprise. Thank you for your thoughts, well wishes and prayers. They helped, they really, really did. The crisis has passed. It wasn't my mother (that's still to come) but rather something Lu and I had to figure out. I'd like to leave you with this reminder. Marriage, indeed any relationship, is a partnership. Together you can do anything but seperately you can accomplish only what your individual gifts will allow. The total can be so much greater than the sum of it's two parts.
Thank you again my friends and especially my daughter who I love more than my life.
Where Horse and Rider each can trust the other everywhere,
It takes a fence and more than a fence to pound that happy pair;
For the one will do what the other demands, although he is beaten
And when it is done, they can live through a run that neither
could face alone.
When Crew and Captain understand each other to the core,
It takes a gale and more than a gale to put their ship ashore,
For the one will do what the other commands, although they;
chilled to the bone,
And both together can live through weather that neither could
When King and People understand each other past a doubt,
It takes a foe and more than a foe to knock that country out;
For the one will do what the other required as soon as the need
And hand in hand they can make a stand which neither could
This wisdom had Elizabeth and all her subjects too,
For she was theirs and they were hers, as well the Spaniard knew;
For when his grim Armada came to conquer the Nation and
Why, back to back they met an attack that neither could face
It is nor wealth, nor talk, nor trade, nor schools, nor even the
Will save your land when the enemy's hand is tightening round
But a King and a People who thoroughly trust each other in all
that is done
Can sleep on their bed without any dread--for the world will
leave 'em alone!