Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Safe Home

Safe home. The Irish say that to wish you a safe arrival when you leave to go home. I like the saying.

Recently several famous people died. Regis Philbin, Olivia de Havilland, John Saxon, and John Lewis. There have been more than 150,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19. Car accidents, health emergencies, poor health, and age account for more deaths. I wish them all safe home.

I know I left out a lot of people. I cannot list them all. I do not mean to diminish the importance of anyone's life. There just is not room here.

Rick Watson wrote a blog I have read for a long time. He was humorous, caring, industrious, giving... a lot of the adjectives used to describe a truly good person.

Rick died not long ago. I felt the need to remember him and his family but could not bring myself to do so until now.

Rick and Jilda were married for decades. It was obvious to all how much he adored her. I know that is a comfort to her.

Rick and Jilda had full lives. Besides tending to a small farm, they both had jobs. They were close to extended family especially those who lived nearby. Often people would 'dump' their dogs and Rick and Jilda would see to it those dogs got good homes. More often than not, the home was with Rick and Jilda.

Rick and Jilda lovingly tended the graves of their loved ones who preceded them.  And every year on the appropriate holidays, Rick would collect money from other cemetery visitors to help pay for the expenses of upkeep throughout the year.

Raising a garden, berry bushes, hosting dinners and holidays for family, writing and performing their music at various festivals, Rick was always busy.

I never met Rick in person. I only knew him from his blog. I do know I will miss him. I send my best wishes to his family and friends.

Rick, Safe Home.

24 comments:

  1. Rick had a life well lived. That should be what we all want.

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    1. Rick deserves far better. At the same time thank you.

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  3. Yes, put succinctly, Rick was a good man.

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  4. First, nice to see your post, Emma, but sad to read about Rick. I did not read his blog, but believe I saw his comments on other blogs. You did a wonderful tribute here. Lots of famous celebrities have passed in recent weeks, but those folks are not ones we could identify with, Rick was one of us. A man who cared deeply about his family and others.

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  5. That was a fine eulogy, Emma! Sometimes we hear if a blogger passes away (in one case I read an announcement from his children to inform us followers).

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    1. It is a nice thing when a family takes the time to let us know about a death. We care too.

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  6. Beautifully written. We all got to know Rick and Jilda through their blogs and stories. We will miss him.

    We need to keep Jilda in our prayers.

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    1. That is for certain. I think she is dealing well considering.

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  7. Glad you are back home. Take care and keep safe. Diane

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  8. Thanks for such a beautiful post. I think Rick would have appreciated it.

    Greetings from London.

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  9. Precious Emma it was a lovely tribute to friend!

    I knew him through comments he used to leave on other blogger friends
    Thank you for sharing how wonderful person he was and how he led a beautiful life
    I truly loved this post my friend!

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    1. I am glad you liked it. I only knew Rick through blogging. His posts showed his love for his wife, family, and friends. He also demonstrated a love for his surroundings. I admired him.

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  10. My dear, I thought I left a comment here but I didn't, thus is indeed a beautiful tribute. I didn't know this blogger but I wish I had. I read of his passing at Yaya's blog. So sad, we might not ever meet our blogging friends but we care about each other very much. Thank you for this post. God be with his family and friends.

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    1. We have the luxury of being friendly without the little annoyances that crop up physically from time to time.

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  11. My precious friend Emma you are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Hugs!

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    1. I think of you often too. You are a treasured internet friend.

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