|Jim in his new leather jacket hamming it up at home, April 2015.|
|Tree Swallows at Magee Marsh, Lake Erie Beach 2015.|
|Jim & Vera in 2002|
He was someone who enjoyed that vital cup of coffee in the AM as much as I did and often brought me one as he was always up long before I was...we laughed a lot so when I see other's laughing I remember our private jokes gleaned from funny or irksome things we did ...we made them into jokes so that they wouldn't be bones of contention between us but reminders of the fact we all have aspects of our personality that our mates must accept ...the good always with the irritating...all made up the complete package...one without the other would a different person make. So, often, I find myself remembering that we made each other laugh. How small a thing that seems but often was the glue that held us together.
Contemplating things that we said to each other and words of wisdom he said to me...I realized that his quiet strength lay in his ability to "see" a person for who they were, accept them and then solve problems based on what he heard while trying to understand not respond. This is a giant a-ha ...he learned this from years of introversion and customer service jobs where fixing a machine could safe a person's life.
|Jim with his smallest concern....how to hold on to Aiden as long as allowed.|
|Jim, Vera, friends, Matt & Anna at Harper's Ferry 2003|
|Still lovin' every minute of it.|
|Me now, still smilin' - walkin' the journey thanks to supportive friends....Photo credit: J Andrew Davis Photography 2015|