'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

26 June 2011

Sunday Kipling / Thank You

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 blown,
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
face alone.
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
is shown;
And hand in hand they can make a stand which neither could
make alone!

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
your throat.
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!


Borepatch said...

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

I think this line from Kipling holds the most truth for a long marriage.

Six said...

That's beautiful BP. Thank you my friend.

Sarge said...

Welcome back Six I missed you and I'm glad you worked things out. The world can now be round again.

Theredneckengineer said...

Glad to see you alive and working things out, Six.
Blogging is good for a lot of things, not the least of which is the multitude of friends you acquire.

Here's to hoping all is well in the long term for you and Lu.

Murphy's Law said...

What they said. People out here do care, you know. The interwebz is full of ads, porn, ridiculous videos, and good friends that you may never actually meet.

North said...

Marriage rewards you with the effort you put into it. And then some.

Doohickie said...

I'm glad your crisis is receding. I hope it does not return.

LauraB said...

Annealed, I take it? It sometimes requires that to remind people that the strength we think we have is often partially loaned us.

It's a rough sea. Hold, indeed. Hold.

Six said...

Thanks everyone. The thing I most appreciate about this blogging thing is all of you. The chance to make good friends is a rare and precious thing and I am grateful to have each of you in my life.

Brigid said...

I'm glad it worked out. Happiness eludes some while for others, it's there under their nose all the time

Six said...

Thanks Brigid. I think we all need to be reminded from time to time that how precious our loved ones are and how easily things can go south, in spite of the best of intentions. Hey, if it was easy it wouldn't be illuminating.

Scott McCray said...

I'm glad things are better - annealed is indeed a good word - forging in fire strengthens and can fundamentally change. Glad you are back.