“Make the choice to talk more about your blessings than your problems.” ~ Unknown
Landing early in Washington DC for tomorrow’s meeting, with exceptionally beautiful weather to boot, I had the opportunity to visit the Reflecting Pool end of The National Mall. Only once before had I been to this end of The Mall. I set out for the Washington Monument, then took in the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and finally the Vietnam War Memorial where my uncle Ralph Paul Terry’s name is etched among the dead and missing on the wall. To say it’s moving is an understatement.
An antidote to the sad called for lunch at my favorite restaurant, Oyamel, with two of my favorite men: Rick and Rick. I’ve mentioned Rick Hayes before. He was my big brother when we were growing up. Oh, how we had fun. He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and so creative. He was, and still is, one of the most compassionate, tender people I’ve ever known. He’s been quite ill of late, so I was thrilled he was able to make it out for food and fellowship. My childhood would have been so less rich without him. We were two only children with lives that intersected when we needed each other the most. I will be forever grateful for his companionshp.