Thank you so much for the outpouring of concern, emails, prayers, and beautiful comments that came following yesterday’s post, “24 Hours”. Since writing that story, I have spoken with several island residents and with Don. He is with family down state in Michigan. A joint memorial service for Karen and Edye will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the First United Methodist Church in South Lyon, Michigan. I know Don and his family would appreciate your continued prayers.
It’s been a really strange day. In her blog this morning, Liz said she felt disconnected and disoriented. I have felt the same way. I just still couldn’t seem to get my head wrapped around what happened. Then I remembered a poem a dear friend gave me when my daddy passed away. It is by Henry Van Dyke, and I’d like to share it with you.
I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, ‘There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
‘There, she’s gone! ‘ ,
there are other eyes on another shore watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
‘Here she comes!’
I’ll return to the weekly updates to this blog on Monday, February 15, and I promise to tell the rest of our Winter Festival story, catch you up on Tim Leeper, and share lots of other information that will make all of you feel connected to our favorite island. In the meantime, please visit Mike Forrester’s blog http://www.mackinacislandblog.com for pictures and videos of our trip. Mike is becoming an excellent historian of the island, and if you are not already following his blog, one visit will make you an instant fan. Liz also wrote a wonderful tribute to Karen and Edye at http://www.quiltedturtle.blogspot.com.
You will never know how much your heartfelt words meant today. Hugs to you all, and thank you, my friends – for caring. On Monday, we will speak of happier times. God bless.