In lieu of this past President's Day weekend I thought I would end on one note...
" Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States the year I was born and served four terms as president. I remember the day he died. We were living in Toomsboro, GA where my mother worked as a bookkeeper at a lumber company. President Roosevelt died April 12, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the “Little White House” in Warm Springs, GA, a very short time before the end of World War II. I remember the funeral train carrying his body back to Washington, DC. The train left Warm Springs about 9:05 AM, April 13, and the windows of the train car holding the coffin were left open and the coffin was easily visible. The train moved slowly north with thousands of people lining the tracks at every railroad crossing and town through which the train passed. It was a sad time for America. It was too bad that he passed away just several weeks before the end of World War II." - Donald B. Griffin
The man that wrote this remembers the coffin was open, remembers how so many people lined the streets, and remembered a great man who sadly did not see the end of something he worked so hard at accomplishing.
I had to end tonight with once with one last President's Day fact. We ate our chili, cast our votes, and my kids came home and had even more knowledge from things they learned at school!
As I read this once again, something I have read before, I could not help but think about things that we start. How many things do we have going on right now? How many events do I have on my calendar? How many projects am I am working on at one time? How many? I have so many things going on that I have dropped the ball a couple times in the last couple of weeks. I have forgotten things. I also have A LOT coming up with the last three months of school approaching very fast. With all of these words said, I need to learn to live in the present.
A close friend of mine today reminded me to live in the present. I need to not look at my past. I need to not focus on my future (to some extent), but keep my eye on what is happening now. I do not want my present to pass me by that I miss out before my next big event. I do not want my present to pass me by that my frustrations take over my happiness. Macaiden reminds me a lot that I am never going to get back this moment. He is right. What road will I continue on? What road will I travel?
Donald B. Griffin is my grandfather. He has seen so much in his past years. I have so much to learn from him and I would love to be able to spend more time in his presence just to hear more words of wisdom from him and my grandmother.
My Repurpose for today : Try not to make my todays just a "I will remember," but a lasting impression on my kids and also...me.
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