Monday, March 3, 2014

Today's Comings and Goings

March 3, 2014  

Today is a day I will always remember for the comings and goings of human spirits, animating and de-animating.

On this day in 1969, a free and gentle  spirit came into animation in the form of one Mitchell Shockley. While here, on his assignment, this gentle young man touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with.  Now, eighteen years since his de-animation, his essence of spirit lives on in the hearts of many from the Corona California area. Like an empty coke can, his essence was consumed (like the cola) during his years here. When we buried him we buried the "Coke Can",, the container which held his essence while here on earth that touched the hearts of all who still miss him.  

On this day in 1978 the gentle and sensitive nature of my dad, Lawrence 'Duke' Ozenne, blasted off from Loma Linda to de-animate and continued to his ultimate destiny.  

In 1910 at his one year old birthday party several friends and parents came to celebrate. Unfortunately a disease called polio also joined the party. All the children died and dad ended up with a bum leg, so with one leg shorter he always walked with a limp. During World War 2 dad worked for Douglas in Santa Monica. After the war dad joined Northrop Aircraft and built a 30 plus year for that company.  

Now, with both spirits free, we hold close the memories of our experiences with them, because, after all, that was their content, and what binds us across the universe.  

I always remember that famous sonnet by John Donne a few hundred years ago, that my best friend, Ed Lutz turned me onto it during his tour of duty here on earth.

I miss both of you my fellow time travelers

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee.

1 comment:

  1. The ones that are with us are so very special. The ones that have left us are stars in my sky and waves on my beach.