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THE WAY HOME

Time went by so quickly…

So many summer suns and winter snows.

They were remembering all their family times together…

but it was time for him to go.

 

This is the way it’s meant to be…

one of life’s classic paradigms…

The chid grows up and moves away…

it's never easy when it’s time…

 

Because they know the world can be filled with darkness

his parents were nervous…as was he…

But they also knew that he was ready

it was time to set him free…

 

“You needn’t be afraid”, they said,

as tears fell from their eyes

and they whispered as they hugged him..

“It is your time to fly…”

 

“For no matter where you go”, they said,

“No matter where you roam.”

“Follow the light that’s in your heart

and it will always lead you home…”

 

“You see our heart glows with that same light.”

“You will find it in the stars…”

“If you follow it when you need to

your light will lead you back to ours.”

 

And he walked with a little more confidence

the moment he was gone…

knowing even when his life is darkest…

 

their light is always on.


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THE CABIN IS EMPTY

It’s a little quieter than yesterday as the sun is rising and a new day dawns…

The family vacation is over…the cabin is empty…everyone’s gone.

 

So Deborah and I decide to take a little walk…together hand in hand

thinking about our vacation and trying to understand…

 

about one of the wonderful components of love…how easily it abounds!

for even after everyone’s gone…we feel it all around.

 

We can still see the children playing…see them running up and down the stairs…

We can see the family seated around the table…we can hear their laughter in the air.

 

We can see all the things we did together…on a loop inside our heads

In some ways it’s like they never left…but are here with us instead…

 

Yes, another wonderful component of love…is how it reaches out so far…

and keeps you connected to a person…no matter where they are.

 

So as Deborah and I walk together

a little saddened at how fast the time has flown…

we know when we’re surrounded by so much love…

we will never be alone….

 

And I wonder if that’s why we hold onto one another 

and walk a little slower as we get older…

Because we savor the walk a little more…

 

knowing all the love that’s on our shoulders. 


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MAGIC

Bryan gave Teller a tour of the Biltmore when Penn and Teller were performing in NC

and Teller was astonished and elated…

So when our family went to Las Vegas this week…Penn and Teller reciprocated.

 

We got to meet and greet the two stars…take a few pictures and as for their show…

we got in for free….

and if that wasn’t enough to make our night grand…they sat us in the section marked VIP.

 

As our family watched the show on stage…as Penn and Teller put their magic through its paces…

I’d pause a moment every now and then to watch the magic on our family’s faces.

 

And I thought how love is also magical…

you have to watch closely because you can’t always be sure where it starts….

And you stare in a kind of cheerful wonderment 

as it plays tricks with your mind and your heart…

 

Love like magic has a certain progression…an evolution that makes both work so well

both have a way of mesmerizing…both put us under a spell.

 

Both are filled with wonder…both follow their own unpredictable routine

Both have us believing in something we can feel but something that can never be seen.

 

Like magic you don’t know where love comes from….

and you surely don’t know where it will go…

And like magic you don’ t need all the answers…

in fact, often, you don’t want to know.

 

As I watched our family watching the show…

as I saw amazement spill into their eyes

I thought how the magic of love…like magic…

is hidden in the unexpected…is found in the surprise.

 

While watching the magic of Penn and Teller with my family…

I suddenly became aware….

how much magic there is in love …

for when we have love…there is magic everywhere.

 

A magic that takes center stage…

and, like our seats that night, comes to us free…

Yes, love is what make our life feel magical…

 

for in love we are all VIP’s.


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THE WONDDER OF EACH ROSE

Without each individual drop of water where would the ocean’s beauty be?

Or the river, or the morning dew, or the rainbow, or the sea?

 

The beach upon which we walk in silence with vistas wonderful and grand

owes it’s sweeping beauty…to each particular grain of sand.

 

The beauty of the night lies in the twinkling of each star…

The beauty of the music in each string of the guitar…

 

The beauty of the forest lies in the uniqueness of each tree…

And the beauty of a family lies in you…and lies in me.

 

For each family is like bouquet of flowers…and how bright a family glows

is determined by the uniqueness of each person…

 

by the wonder of each rose.


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WHAT BROTHERS AND SISTERS DO

 

He was born 10 years before her…yet he found it so hard to resist her

for he was her big brother…and she his little sister.

 

He watched her take her first steps say her fist words…he experienced her charms…

and she would always feel safe and secure…

in her big brother’s arms.

 

When she was young he helped to feed her,

sometimes he read to her in bed…

and he never seemed to mind at all

when she jumped upon his head.

because it seemed from the moment she was born

their spirits were alined…

and he knew a big brother…needed to be patient… 

to be kind

 

As they grew up together…he remained ever compassionate…never cruel.

They still found time to spend together…he even picked her up from school…

and he sometimes had her dinner ready

and helped with homework too…

because he loved his little sister…

and that’s what big brothers do!

 

Now he’s heading off to school…and as they walked together hand in hand

perhaps they wondered where the time had gone…

that this came sooner than they planned.

It was here the little sister leaned on her big brother

and with a tear about to dawn…

“I love that you’re my big brother.” she said.

“and I will miss you when you’re gone.”

 

He clasped her hand a little tighter…

Then whispered, “I will miss you too…”

as they bravely faced their futures together…

 

For that’s what brothers and sisters brothers do…


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WHEN A FAMILY COMES TOGETHER

When a family comes together…even for an afternoon…

and even though the time they share…passes all too soon…

they realize in that moment…a feeling so sublime…

that what they share together…exceeds the bounds of time.

 

When a family comes together…no matter when…or where

there’s music in their hearts…and magic in the air.

Old memories are shared…while new memories are unfurled

and for that moment…in that family…all is right within the world.

 

When a family comes together…happiness fills the space

there is joy upon the tongue…and a smile upon the face…

perhaps they all understand…how quickly this will pass…

so they make every effort…to make this moment last…

 

They eat, they drink, they laugh…they sit down to talk and play.             

cherishing every moment…every second of the day…

And when the moment’s over…they hug…then hug some more…

and they linger a little longer than, perhaps, they have before.

 

And when a family comes together…

how do they capture that perfect family pic?

They smile…they scrunch together…

 

and they use an extra long selfie stick.

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