Monday, January 1, 2018

"On Saying Goodbye"

                                                                 

Today I will end my thrice weekly blog essays. It is a good time to put them to rest as it will mark "Just Common Sense"....'s seventh anniversary. Over those seven years I penned nearly 1,800 essays....about societal and political matters, yet many of them just talking about family.

I like to think that those essays, and the thousands of posts have served as a way to make it easier to say goodbye to my readers, my family and my friends. Having professed my admiration and love to all those who have touched my heart in some manner, it also makes it a little easier when I slough off this mortal coil. Unlike those less fortunate, I have had the chance to say what's in my heart throughout these seven seasons. And I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to do so. It was only a few years ago when cancer struck, and when I asked my own doctor about my prognosis, she simply looked at the floor and voiced her wishes that cancer like I had offered better chances.

And yet the big guy upstairs is a powerful force. He gave me more years......years in which to write about what's my heart and head, years to say goodbye with grace.

When one gets to be my age we are a little like the sugar maple; green and hearty in our "spring", then in autumn flourishing in colorful splendor, then, in late winter, pouring forth the sweet sap....the perfect marriage of sun and frost.

Fear not, dear reader. Like a distant uncle, I might pop in now and then, when I feel I have something important to say, but no more on schedule. And when I do, I'll send the invitation in your mail box, as I have done for seven years.

So, have a fine life people. And may your fortunes never force you to ever again hear "sad....damned sad."

Goodbye for now.

16 comments:

Jerry Carlin said...

Thank you Dearel, and a Brand New Year to be Thankful for! My best wish would be for a calm year and nothing to rile you but I doubt that will happen:) This old "Liberal" will miss these postings. I haven't always agreed but always learned something. Now what the heck am I supposed to do? Pretty selfish of you!!! and If I ever get off my island and on the road again, if I am close at all, I intend to stop by for a cup of coffee. That would be great!
Thanks and hopping there will be more to come, Jerry

A Modest Scribler said...

Thanks much, Jerry. Happy New Year and if I happen to get up there to the great northwest this year, I'll be sure and give you a call.

Frank Krzesowiak said...

Thank you very much for the entertaining and informative past few years. For two people leaning Right, we didn't seem to agree all that often. I guess that's one of the differences between the Left and the Right.The Left, always seem to agree with one another. Simply put, they are not a very open minded group. But Politics aside, I've enjoyed your Blogs immensely and I'm happy we'll still hear from you from time to time. You're like an old pair of shoes. It just feels good to slip them on from time to time and go for a walk in them. Even if it's a short walk. Good luck,Scribe. Not just in 2018 but far beyond. Thanks for the memories.....

A Modest Scribler said...

Thanks much, Frank. The fact that we can't agree on all issues is simply a sign of our integrity. I'll take that. And Good luck to you and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Craig Bailey said...

I always learned and enjoyed your writing. Best wishes for a blessed new year.

A Modest Scribler said...

Thank you, Craig. Wishing you the best for the New Year.

Wally V said...

I'll be on the lookout for you unscheduled writings. Have a great New Year Dearel.

A Modest Scribler said...

Same to you, Wally. And thanks!

Jerrylee said...

This may sound a little selfish of me, but since I look forward to your comments, let me

suggest not going too long between postings because as you know (speaking from experience)

"If you don't use it, you'll loose it". May the New Year bring you health and happiness cuz.

A Modest Scribler said...

Hi Jerry. I'll consider your advice and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Stella Rose Brown said...

You will be missed. Have a great2018.

Unknown said...

Fair winds and following seas; keep leaning forward!!

A Modest Scribler said...

Thanks much, Stella. You have a great year too!

A Modest Scribler said...

Thank you Unk...best of luck to you.

TheRandyGuy said...

Your blog was the only one I read religiously. Don't stay gone.

Randy

A Modest Scribler said...

Thanks ever so much, Randy. If I can't find another outlet to vent I might ride back over the horizon. We'll see.