Remembering Shirlee by texboy ()
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This lovely woman and I were sweethearts back in 1975; she moved to NYC, and I never saw or heard from her again. The other day, I found that she died in 2002, and that she had traveled more than a million miles on cruise ships, photographing this beautiful world. I hope and pray she had a good life; sail on, lady.
When you set out on your way to Ithaka
you should hope that your journey is a long one:
a journey full of adventure, full of knowing.
Have no fear of the Laestrygones, the Cyclopes,
the frothing Poseidon. No such impediments
will confound the progress of your journey
if your thoughts take wing, if your spirit and your
flesh are touched by singular sentiments.
Hope that your journey is a long one.
Many will be the summer mornings
upon which, with boundless pleasure and joy,
you will find yourself entering new ports of call.
C.P. Cavafy, from his poem "Ithaka"
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Hello Paul.Lovely words.I know what this feels like.I'm 55 now and when I was younger I never imagined that my fellow voyagers wouldn't be staying on for the whole trip.I know that you can't go through life without spilling a couple of beers on the way back from the bar but the departed do tend to take a chunk of you with them - but not the memories.
To bad you didnt get a chance to meet up with here again...it reminds me a bit of my wife and i as we were sweathearts in 6th grade and were friends for years.she mairried and had a couple of kids,then he got sick(rest his soul),and we got back together(Instant family)..been married for 22 years...You just never know what could have been..Live it to the fullest,like its our last day...or our first.